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Bid to boost apprenticeships in London

The London Assembly will look at what can be done to boost apprenticeships in the capital. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

The London Assembly's Economy Committee is to examine how government policy changes will affect apprenticeship schemes in the capital and what more the Mayor and Greater London Authority should do to support apprenticeships in London.

In London, 0.9 per cent of jobs are apprenticeships, compared to 2.1 per cent of jobs within the UK.

The Committee is going to investigate the figures and look at how to boost numbers in the capital.

Mayor's apprenticeship boost

London's apprentices were given a little help today.

The Mayor announced he's cutting the cost of them getting around London, by giving them a third off the price of public transport.

Boris Johnson says it could help around 40,000 people save more than £600 a year.

But the discount travel will only last for a year.

The details now from our Political Correspondent Simon Harris:

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Boris gets concrete lesson

Boris Johnson about to get a lesson in concrete spraying at the Crossrail tunneling academy in Ilford this morning.

Boris Johnson joined around 10 apprentices this morning for a lesson in concrete spraying.

With Crossrail and many other large-scale tunnelling projects in the pipeline the demand for skilled tunnelling and underground workers in the UK and Europe is unprecedented.

Boris Johnson spraying

The Tunneling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) was established in 2011 by Crossrail, to address a shortage of people with the necessary skills to work underground on the transport scheme and on other planned infrastructure projects

Boris Johnson and Transport Minister Stephen Hammond MP use a concrete spraying machine

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