Q At the moment, we need 7000 jobs in the next three to ve years to re­place peo­ple re­tir­ing from the clas­sic car restora­tion in­dus­try. What will you do to pro­mote more young peo­ple tak­ing up restora­tion ap­pren­tice­ships, and is there any­thing else that c

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LABOUR:

‘ We recog­nise that to de­velop the clas­sic car restora­tion pro­fes­sion­als of the fu­ture we need to in­vest in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and ap­pren­tice­ships. The Tories have cut fund­ing for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­leges and re­duced en­ti­tle­ments for adult learn­ers. This has led to di­min­ish­ing num­bers of cour­ses and stu­dents, and plunged the sec­tor into cri­sis. Labour will rein­vest in this vi­tal sec­tor, cor­rect­ing the his­toric ne­glect by fi­nally giv­ing it the in­vest­ment in teach­ers and fa­cil­i­ties it de­serves to be­come a world-lead­ing provider of adult and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

We will in­tro­duce free, life-long ed­u­ca­tion in fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­leges, en­abling ev­ery­one to up­skill or re­train at any point in life. We will also estab­lish a Stand­ing Com­mis­sion on the In­te­gra­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion and life­long learn­ing, to ex­plore the ways we can bring this sec­tor into the 21st cen­tury and im­prove ac­cess for ev­ery­one.

We also recog­nise that go­ing to univer­sity is not nec­es­sar­ily the best route for all those wish­ing to work in the trans­port sec­tor. Ap­pren­tice­ships of­fer a valu­able route to im­prove the skills in our work­force, of­fer­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to learn on the job. How­ever, we must en­sure that ap­pren­tice­ships are of a high­qual­ity, and give learn­ers the skills they will need to suc­ceed in the 21st cen­tury.

We will drive up the qual­ity of ap­pren­tice­ships and set a tar­get for dou­bling the num­ber of com­pleted Level 3 ap­pren­tice­ships be­fore the end of the Par­lia­ment. We also will re­quire the In­sti­tute for Ap­pren­tice­ships and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion to re­port on an an­nual ba­sis to the Sec­re­tary of State on qual­ity out­comes of com­pleted ap­pren­tice­ships to en­sure they de­liver skilled work­ers for em­ploy­ers and real jobs for ap­pren­tices at the end of their train­ing.’

LIB­ERAL DEMOCRATS:

‘ We want to build a mod­ern, sus­tain­able econ­omy that al­lows peo­ple and busi­nesses to thrive – and that means equip­ping young peo­ple with the skills they need. We want to make it the norm for busi­nesses in ev­ery sec­tor to train ap­pren­tices. In gov­ern­ment, we in­vested in a record num­ber of ap­pren­tice­ships, and we now aim to dou­ble the num­ber of busi­nesses that of­fer them. We will iden­tify ar­eas where skills gaps ex­ist – such as in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try – and work with em­ploy­ers to solve them by ex­pand­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing.’

UKIP:

‘UKIP will abol­ish tu­ition fees for un­der­grad­u­ate sci­ence, technology, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics stu­dents pro­vided they work in their dis­ci­pline and pay tax in the UK for at least five years af­ter they com­plete their de­gree. This should help the in­dus­try re­cruit the right can­di­dates.’

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