MP DAN Jarvis has championed a new Barnsley College apprenticeship initiative in the House of Commons.

He said: “Figures revealed youth unemployment in Barnsley has risen again to 13.7% - and this was on the same day which the Chancellor delivered a budget offering nothing for the young people in our town.“

Nine major public and private sector employers are pioneering a new pledge to ensure 2.5 per cent of their workforce are apprentices.

They're set to provide skills for young people, and give businesses the opportunity to expand and tailor a workforce which meets their needs.

“I asked the Minister if he will learn from Barnsley’s example and was encouraged by his answer," added the MP. "The government must take swift action to ensure existing opportunities for young people are protected."