Dudley North MP Ian Austin has joined a new Parliamentary campaign to improve education to make sure young people in Dudley and the Black Country get the best start in life.
The All Parliamentary Group for Education brings together MPs and education experts to encourage Government, Parliamentarians, academics and other organisations to support improvements to the education system.
Austin will use his membership of the group to promote his campaign for improved results in local schools, more apprenticeships, higher levels of technical education and new university facilities in the Black Country.
Ian Austin said:
“I’ve always said we need to make education and skills our number one priority – not just to give youngsters a first class start but to attract new investment, new industries and new jobs and to help adults get new jobs too.
“Young people in the Black Country are as good as anyone, but long-term youth unemployment is still twice the national average, school results are still not good enough, we haven’t got enough apprenticeships and we’ve only got one University for over a million people.
“Over the next 20 years there’s going to be huge growth in hi-tech industries and I want young people in Dudley to be at the forefront of this so I I’ll be using my position on the APPG to get the best for young people in this area.”