With Redditch having higher levels of youth unemployment than the county or national average, more must be done to ensure young people are not left behind.
Rachel Reeves MP joined Hayward Wright, Inkberrow Design Centre (IDC), staff from Cutting Edge, staff and students from Arrowvale to discuss their issues.
Rebecca Blake Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch and Rachel Reeves MP meeting with staff and students from Cutting Edge and Arrowvale
A common issue that came up for employers is the need for more funding, support and information for employers regarding apprenticeships. They were concerned about imminent government changes to apprenticeships which will see support pulled and believed it would put employers off taking on apprentices in the future.
Labour pledges to get the next generation into work with expanded apprenticeships and a compulsory jobs guarantee for young people who are unemployed for a year or more.