CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has backed plans outlined by Theresa May today (23/01/17) to invest £170million in creating new institutes of technology. The proposals were outlined in a green paper with an emphasis on creating more highly-skilled jobs, attracting trade and investment and doing more to deliver affordable, clean energy.
Mr Stride, who has previously served as a ministerial aide in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said:
“The ambitious proposals set out by the Prime Minister are exactly what we need as a country and will be especially welcome in counties like Devon as improving broadband speeds and transport links are a key focus. Equally important is tackling the skills shortage that many businesses I visit in my constituency tell me are lacking. The Government’s record in increasing apprenticeships is helping to tackle this, with businesses in my constituency taking on more than 4,000 bright young people since 2010 and teaching them the skills they need on the job. But there is always more that can be done and to have such a clear focus on delivering a more highly-skilled, higher-wage economy is very welcome.”
Businesses, industries and local groups are being invited to contribute to the strategy and Mr Stride has urged businesses in his constituency to visit the www.gov.uk website and give their views. Following the consultation period of 12 weeks, the Government will consider responses before publishing a White Paper on the Industrial Strategy later in the year.