Dudley North MP Ian Austin has pledged his support for a plan to boost engineering skills in Dudley.
The plan has been drawn up by the Institution of Engineering (IET) and aims to Dudley local schools and colleges together with local engineering firms to offer more opportunities for careers in engineering and technology.
Austin hopes that the measures will help reverse long-term youth unemployment in Dudley that is twice the national average and a fall in the number of young apprentices over the last year.
Austin has previously worked to support the development of Dudley College’s new advanced manufacturing centre which is working with local employers like Thomas Dudley to offer engineering courses.
Ian Austin said:
“We need to encourage engineering and technical skills so we can help local businesses grow, ensure young people have the skills local businesses need and help adults get new jobs too.
“We need to make education our number one priority to bring new, well-paid and secure jobs to the Black Country to replace the ones lost in traditional industries. The only way we’ll attract the new investment and jobs on which the area’s prosperity depends is by having the skills new industries need.”