Gordon Marsden MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills, and Regional Growth, in response to Vince Cable’s speech today and announcement on getting young unemployed into work, said:
“This announcement does nothing to create more vocational educational opportunities for the young people that need them - thanks to the Tory-led Government's failed economic policies the economy has stalled meaning youth unemployment is at its highest level for a generation - it's not surprising that so many young people aged 18-21 find themselves unable to find a job and having to claim benefits.
“This Government has kicked away ladders that helped young people towards employment or training and are putting barriers in their place - they axed face to face careers guidance for young people and abolished EMA. And from next year, people aged 24 and over face who missed out on qualifications first time around having to take out a loan of up to £4,000 a year to study A-level equivalent courses at FE Colleges. “A One Nation Labour Government would give all young people the opportunities they need to succeed. A new focus on quality, rigorous vocational education and skills leading to a Technical Baccalaureate at 18 would give more young people a route into the skilled jobs of the future. And, working with employers, Labour would create more apprenticeship places and better training to help young people progress in the workplace."