Skills

Young people should not have to look elsewhere to get good jobs, they should have the chance to learn here, work here and raise families here. That's why I am working with businesses and colleges to build a thriving local economy that provides skilled, well-paid jobs and learning opportunities for everyone, including young people.

Aims:

1. Join the gap between education & work

I am working to increase levels of apprenticeships in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly so that young people have the option to gain a vocation without travelling out of county. Apprenticeships are incredibly important to help many young people into work. I am supporting the Government in creating 3 million apprenticeships for young people by 2020 and driving up their quality to deliver the skills our local businesses need. I will ensure that these plans take our unique local economy fully into account, and deliver new employment opportunities for local people.

2. Showing young people the skills needed & opportunities available

I want young people to know that their skills are valued by West Cornwall employers and to be aware of where they can get further skills and enhance their earning capabilities. By working with schools and colleges I hope that young people are better able to get the right training and jobs so that they do not need to look to other places for work. 

Recent Action:

  • In 2016, I held an apprenticeship workshop for employers and potential apprentices and have worked to encourage young people to see the possibilities that are available by training locally.
  • I have also been heavily involved in campaigning for local education services, including the Helston Community College and St Martin-in-Meneage school.

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