Dudley MP Ian Austin was elected as Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility yesterday.
Austin pledged to use his position to make sure young people in Dudley get the same opportunities as youngsters in other parts of the county through investment in education and skills.
Austin has previously proposed a national review of education involving political parties, employers and the teaching profession to assess the evidence, work out how a modern education system should be structured and decide what young people need to learn for the modern economy.
Ian Austin said:
“The most disadvantaged children are much less likely to go to a good school, stay in education at 16, get into a top university or go on to become high earners.
“Young people in the Black Country are as good as anywhere else, but long-term youth unemployment is still twice the national average, school standards are still not good enough, we haven’t got enough apprenticeships and the Black Country only has one university for over a million people.
“We need to make education and skills our number one priority, so we can give young people the best start in life and attract new industries and new jobs to the region.
“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 change.”