On Tuesday Ed Miliband announced Labour’s long term goal to provide Britain’s young workforce with the skills they need to succeed and to have as many people go into apprenticeships as go into university.
I have always believed that this is vitally important as we have too many young people who seem to be forgotten about, with no real clear path for their career if they choose not to continue down the academic route after 16.
I was very pleased this week to be invited to Bolton College’s Jobs Fair which brought educators and employers together with young people who are looking for those alternative routes.
I met students from the STEM department (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) who are getting real hands on experience and developing workplace skills that will not just be useful but they really enjoy. I look forward to visiting the new STEM building in the near future.
I talked to companies like First Group who are exploring apprenticeships for the first time and seeing real value in developing new talent, and I met a young man from GTA construction who started as an apprentice and now sees real opportunities to further his career.
What inspired me most was seeing that so many young people are interested in developing their own skills and exploring new areas. We have so much untapped potential here in Bolton and I want to see more skilled work available and more training opportunities.
I am grateful to Bolton College for letting me be a part of their event and for highlighting some of the opportunities that are available right now. I promise to keep working to make sure that there are many more opportunities available and that everyone in this town has a real chance to succeed.