Copeland’s Labour candidate, Jamie Reed has met with competitors, trainers and support staff at Lakes College, site of the WorldSkills UK Final. Competitors here are fighting it out to be part of the Team UK who will compete at WorldSkills Sao Paulo, in Brazil later this year.
Participants are competing in many different disciplines including joinery, plumbing, brickwork, stonemasonry, plastering, refrigeration and IT & web design.
Those competing are the ‘most talented vocational students from across the country.’
This week, Labour announced plans to improve vocational education and access to apprenticeships. The Technical Baccalaureate, a vocational award for 16-18 year olds, will combine a gold standard qualification accredited by employers, with a quality work placement. Labour will also transform high performing Further Education colleges with strong links to industry, into new specialist Institutes of Technical Education, with a remit to deliver the Technical Baccalaureate and higher-level skills.
Jamie Reed, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland, said:
“It is a testament to the world class facilities that we have in West Cumbria that the very best in the country come here to demonstrate their skills – we need to shout about this more. We are building the facilities that will ensure that our young people can be amongst the most talented section of the workforce anywhere in the country. These facilities are also helping to ensure that local young people will be able to benefit from the thousands of new jobs that we have worked to bring to our area, in the shape of the new Moorside development and other spin-off projects.
“Events like WorldSkills UK are to the benefit of all in our area as our incredibly bright and talented young people can see what is achievable. Speaking with staff, trainers and competitors today showed just how much expertise West Cumbria can boast. Students at Lakes College are able to work with the best the country has to offer and that can only be a good thing.
“West Cumbria’s best days are ahead of us. By ensuring all young people have access to the opportunities that are coming our way, we can achieve our ambitions. Through securing further investments in education and training, we can ensure that all of our young people can fulfil their potential and grow our world-class skills base.”