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Shadow Universities Minister celebrates National Apprenticeship Week in Acton

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In National Apprenticeship Week Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills joined Rupa, who was visiting Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (EHWC) to discuss Labour’s plan for a young people’s manifesto.

New statistics show that the number of apprenticeships in London fell by more than 5,000 last year.

On a tour of the college Liam and Rupa stopped for selfie requests and a Q&A session with apprentices and local business leaders. They listened and also shared Labour’s plans to offer apprenticeships for young people who get the grades at 18.

Rupa said:

“It was a pleasure to go back to West London College’s Acton campus – where Ed Miliband’s own father studied English – to discuss Labour’s plans for young people.

"Young people in Ealing are bearing the brunt of this Tory-Lib Dem government, with university tuition fees trebling and apprenticeships falling. Labour will offer an apprenticeship to every school leaver who gets the grades and we will cut university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 a year.”

Apprentice carpenter, Harley Riddington, 19, who stopped to take a selfie with Rupa and Liam, said:

"It was great to listen to Liam and Rupa talk about future possibilities for apprenticeships. I wasn't given enough support or advice at school, but coming to College and studying for my level 2 in Carpentry has given me an opportunity to gain valuable skills."

Liam said:

"Our young people have been hammered by this government, 1 in 6 are still out of work, there are fewer apprenticeships and if you go to university you get lumbered with £44k of debt.

“Labour will back the next generation by cutting tuition fees, boosting apprenticeships and introducing a young people’s jobs guarantee.”

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Dr Rupa Huq , Ealing Central and Acton

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