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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

FE Parliamentary Group release Jobs pledge card.

October 18, 2013 3:43 PM

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education (FE), Skills and Lifelong learning recently launched their best practise initiative for FE Colleges across the UK. The initiative was the result of three detailed evidence sessions that were held in Parliament over the summer months. Stephen Lloyd, Chair of the FE appg led the initiative.

He said: "I have worked very closely with Sussex Downs College ever since I was elected in 2010. Their commitment to apprenticeships matches my own passion for the Eastbourne jobs agenda so I was delighted that they were one of the FE Colleges invited to give evidence to the APPG in Westminster. It is vital that best practice amongst colleges is shared across the whole sector, and the success of our own Sussex Downs College has had in securing employment for so many local people was something I wanted to highlight in Parliament."

The Group has published these recommendations following a series of evidence-gathering sessions with providers, employers and other involved parties. The Parliamentary group discovered that many companies are finding young people unprepared for the practicalities of the world of work; that often they are not presented with the full array of training and employment options on finishing school, including apprenticeships; and that FE colleges working closely with employers have a much higher success rate in helping people into jobs. In light of these and other findings, the APPG has launched 5 best practice recommendations in the form of a short pledge card, to ensure FE colleges do even better in securing jobs for their students.

The launch was attended by the Minister for Skills and Employment, Matthew Hancock MP, who added: "This pledge card ticks all the boxes, bringing stakeholders from employers to colleges to students and their families into the debate, and providing key recommendations to make our FE colleges even better. There has been a huge push towards apprenticeships in recent years because of their unique combination of learning while getting the hands on experience"

Stephen Lloyd said: "With our local unemployment rate down to 3.8%, a third lower than at the height of the recession, clearly we are doing something right in Eastbourne and Willingdon. Sussex Downs College is playing a crucial role in our success and I am delighted to help them become even better recognised at a national level.