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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls on PM to boost apprenticeships

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Prime Minister to boost the number of apprenticeships in Dudley.

Speaking in the House of Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions, Austin criticised falling apprenticeship numbers and called for new laws to ensure that all public sector contracts generate apprenticeships.

Labour plans to triple the number of high quality apprenticeships and make new apprenticeships part of the government’s procurement process to create an estimated 33,000 new apprenticeships on a project the size of HS2.

Austin spoke up after conducting a survey in Dudley in which nine out of ten residents backed his call for education and skills to be Dudley’s number one priority and more than half backed more apprenticeships.

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions, Ian Austin said:

“Germany has three times as many apprentices as the UK, the number of young apprentices has fallen, long-term youth unemployment in Dudley is twice the national average and we’ll only attract secure, well-paid jobs by making education and skills our number one priority.

“Why won’t he ensure all public sector procurement contracts provide apprenticeship places?”

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