Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin supports more design and technology in schools

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a campaign to boost Design and Technology on the curriculum.

Austin has joined MPs from all parties to write to David Cameron urging him to tackle the serious skills gap the UK has in Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing. The UK currently has an annual shortage of 69,000 trained engineers.

The campaign to include Design and Technology in the new qualification will increase the incentive for research and teaching and make sure that students can gain skills early on.

Austin has been committed to developing skills in engineering and manufacturing in Dudley for a number of years.

He has worked closely with businesses and Dudley College to get Dudley Advance built, an advanced manufacturing centre which helps the new generation develop the specific skills that local businesses need.

Ian Austin said:

“Education and skills has to be our number one priority in Dudley attract new investment and new jobs to replace the ones we’ve lost.

“I know from speaking to businesses and manufacturers in Dudley that the skills shortage is a massive problem for education in our region.

“That’s why I am backing this campaign to include Design & Technology in this new qualification to ensure that developing these skills remains a priority.”

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