Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, has called on the government to support lifelong learning after new figures reveal the north east has only 3.69 per cent of its economically active population registered as users of the National Careers Service.

The National Careers Service is the government’s flagship scheme offering independent advice and information for those who need it most to help drive growth in our country’s labour market.

Area Figure (total economically active population) (3) % of population signed up to the service
North East 49,097 (1,329,000) 3.69 per cent
East of England 100,640 (3,148,000) 3.19 per cent
London 123,175 (4,368,000) 2.81 per cent
East Midlands 126,910 (2,325,000) 5.45 per cent
North West 146,272 (3,466,000) 4.22 per cent
South East 169,217 (4,601,000) 3.67 per cent
South West 96,067 (2,753,000) 3.48 per cent
West Midlands 125,675 (2,732,000) 4.60 per cent
Yorkshire and the Humber 107,932 (2,784,000) 3.87 per cent

Bridget Phillipson MP said:

“Lifelong learning plays an important role in driving economic growth and providing new opportunities and careers. It’s an important part of any government’s plan to get our economy back on track.

“The government needs to do more to raise awareness of the National Careers Service

“I will be writing to the Minister to ask him what plans he has to increase the numbers of people in the north east using the service.”

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