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
‘ 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.’
‘ 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 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.’