Labour has branded 450 young people in Bath “deadweight” amid plans to scrap vital apprenticeships.
But Labour has suggested 60% of apprenticeships starting in Bath could be cut if they were in government.
A Labour policy review paper said Intermediate Apprenticeships (level two) are “of no value to either employers or learners”, while it also claimed scrapping them “would minimise deadweight”.
Commenting, Don Foster MP, said:
“To call apprentices ‘deadweight’ is an insult to young people in Bath who are learning valuable skills to get ahead in life.
“This plan would make it harder for young people to find good, well-paid jobs and damage the skills base in the British economy.”
He pointed out how Labour proposed scrapping level two apprenticeships before introducing a downgraded traineeship.
In Bath there are 450 apprentices, with 270 on level two schemes.
Foster added: “This is the strongest signal yet that Labour can’t be trusted to build a stronger economy.”
Last weekend, BANES Council won ‘Green Liberal Democrat Council Group of the year 2014′ at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference.
Since taking control of the Council, Lib Dems have worked hard to install LED street lighting, extend and improve the cycle network in Bath. Including a cycle hire scheme for their staff.
They have also worked hard to promote the Green deal, along with a community energy strategy that aims to tackle fuel poverty. The Lib Dem run council has also ensured that now less than a third of waste produced in Bath and North East Somerset goes to landfill.
Commenting Don Foster, MP for Bath, said:
“I am delighted to see that the excellent work of our Council has been recognised with this award and I am proud that Bath and North East Somerset Council are setting the standard for successfully implementing environmental principles and schemes within overall council strategy.”
Commenting further Cllr David Martin, Member Champion for Energy and Climate Change in BANES, said:
“Protecting the environment has been one of our key priorities as a Liberal Democrat administration. From encouraging cycling to increasing recycling, and from saving energy to generating electricity, we have been working to lead the way on environmental issues.”
Don Foster, MP for Bath, has welcomed the news that the application window for the 2014/15 intake of Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs is now open until Thursday 3rd April.
Launched in April last year, the Programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs provides both financial support (grants from between £4,000 – £15,000) and access to a comprehensive learning support programme including a business mentoring scheme.
Over the next five years the programme, which is also supported by The Big Lottery Fund, will support around 1,300 social entrepreneurs to Start and Scale innovative social organisations:
Students from the Programme have so far developed a wide range of exciting enterprises that have brought substantial benefits to their own communities and much further afield.
Prospective social entrepreneurs need to apply online at http://www.the-sse.org by 3rd April.
Commenting, Don Foster MP, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for some of my constituents to really develop their business skills whilst helping to deliver a number of benefits to their communities.
“The Lib Dems are creating a stronger economy and a fairer society and giving people the opportunity to learn and bring their ideas to life is a key component of this.”