Over two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010, including 4,780 in Sutton, which local MP Paul Burstow has hailed as a major success.
90 companies in Sutton have taken advantage of the Government's Apprenticeship Grant, which provides £1,500 to small businesses who take on an apprentice.
Mr Burstow points to the work of companies such as Smith and Byford, where he recently spent a morning working as an apprentice, as being vital to this success.
Paul Burstow said: “Apprenticeships are a vital part of building our economy in a way that makes sure that young people in Sutton are not left behind.
“I am delighted that 4,780 young people in Sutton have benefited from fantastic training and employment opportunities that apprenticeships offer.”
“This isn’t just about numbers, but about making sure local people have the skills businesses need. When I spent a morning with Smith and Byford, I was struck by the skill and local knowledge of the team. Apprenticeships are exactly the sort of thing we need to provide real jobs and training for young people.”