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MP Calls For Government To Create More Apprenticeships In Area

Monday February 11 2013


Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP


MP Dan Jarvis has called for the government to create more quality apprenticeships for young people in Barnsley.

He has backed Labour leader Ed Milliband's call for 33,000 apprenticeships to be created as part of the building of the high-speed HS2 routes in Britain.

In December, 12.3 per cent of young people in Barnsley were claiming jobseekers' allowance and Mr Jarvis said with one million young people across Britain currently unemployed, the building of HS2 was a great opportunity to give a boost to their prospects.

“The building of HS2 is a chance to create a new generation of skilled British workers rather than just waste the talent of those growing up wondering if they will ever get a decent job,'' said Mr Jarvis.

“But it's not enough to just build a new route between London and Leeds - we need to give all young people in Barnsley a route to their futures and that starts in our schools and colleges.”

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Reply Posted by Robert on Monday February 11 2013 at 14:42
We need to stop them "out-sourcing" this work to foreign competitors. We have an ideal opportunity to "train our youth" in engineering and become great again. This is indeed a mountain to climb, but we have Mr Dan Jarvis at the forefront of this and that can only be a good thing. We have the man-power, now give them the SKILLS.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Monday February 11 2013 at 14:59
Apprenticeships are needed but there are too many barriers stopping young people getting them , apprenticeships are supposed to be work based learning arent they but unless you have gcse results A - C in maths and english you dont stand a chance !! It doesnt help the increasing number of unemployed british people when the gov job website put vacancies on for polish spoken / good understanding of the polish language .

Reply Posted by Lev on Monday February 11 2013 at 16:04
Just more political hot air, what Barnsley needs is some new industry to locate here. Labour had thirteen years when they could have done something for the town but only stood by as more and more jobs moved out. It will take a miracle to save Barnsley, now the best thing a young person can do is to get as good an education as possible and then move to where the job prospects are better. Australia or New Zealand springs to mind.

Reply Posted by hs2u2 on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 13:39
hs2 will not end up coming through barnsley it will go to birmingham and if they are lucky just to manchester. All the labour will simply follow the building from london which will mean no local jobs apart from part time dinnerladies from here making them some snap so think again dan

Reply Posted by Greenginger on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 13:56
What sort of apprenticeships? How many engineering jobs are out there nowadays? If I look at the job section I only see jobs for carers of the elderly, teachers or nursery jobs all of which you need specific educational qualifications for. Apprenticeships are just excuses for very cheap labour to keep the youngsters of the dole list. Sad but true.
Instead we need to encourage kids to gain good qualifications first and foremost and not allow them to leave school without them.

Reply Posted by mick on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 14:35
Barnsley council sit there with there very safe seats, and the apathy has set in along time ago . Put a dog up for a Labour MP and he would get in. They have nothing to do to prove that they are worthy of our votes . Therefore they do nothing .
p.s And i am a labour voter

Reply Posted by gill on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 19:48
Will hs2 fund my barnsley boys university training given that I can no longer sell my house to release equity to help them ?