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Darren Jones, Labour candidate for Bristol North West, responds to Ed Miliband announcement on technical degrees

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Darren said:

“I was lucky to get to university as the first in my family to do so - I was "academic" so doing lots of exams worked well for me. But for lots of my friends and family the academic route wasn't the right option. I'm proud that the last Labour Government got more people into university - I would never have had the opportunity otherwise - but we mustn't forget the forgotten 50% that choose not to do so. I therefore welcome the news that a Labour Government will ensure sure all young people’s aspirations will be developed and fulfilled by making sure that the path to apprenticeships and technical careers is well supported, if a traditional academic path isn’t the way forward for them.

“It makes no sense for education to work separately from business which is why technical degrees, designed by some of the best universities and leading employers, will give young people training and earnings as they pursue a skilled technical or professional career. I have held a number of meetings between businesses and educators in Bristol already to discuss what more can be done to get local young people into local jobs and this radical policy will help do just that.

“Bristol is known as a fantastic and vibrant university city but let’s enable our universities to work closely with Bristol businesses too so that young people can see the opportunities available to them here in the city they grow up in; and let’s make sure young people coming through education, whatever path they choose, have the skills and experience fit for the needs of business and the local economy too."

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