Barnsley MP gets Commons debate on youth training

Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis.
Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis.
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A South Yorkshire MP has secured a House of Commons debate on future educational and training for youngsters.

Labour politician Dan Jarvis, who represents Barnsley Central, has won a Parliamentary ballot for an adjournment debate on Monday, June 10.

His chosen subject is ‘Future education and training opportunities for young people in the Barnsley Central constituency’.

Mr Jarvis said: “I want to use this opportunity to highlight the great work that has originated in our town—from the Barnsley Apprentice Pledge to the Barnsley-inspired Future Jobs Fund, which supports employers to provide jobs.

“There is also a vibrant and enterprising educational spirit in our schools and colleges.”

The MP added: “But I also want to hold this Government to account for its blatant neglect of young people.

“The Chancellor, George Osborne told us in the budget that his priority was to create an ‘aspiration nation’. Yet last month’s budget did little, if anything, for aspiring young people.

“From the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance and cuts to Sure Start, to the tripling of tuition fees and rising youth unemployment, this Government has done nothing to pave the way for young people’s development and achievement in life.

“I am looking forward to speaking in Parliament about the great things achieved by young people in Barnsley, despite this Government’s lack of investment.

“I am sure it will highlight that other towns and cities across the country are facing these issues as well”.

The Government says it is creating large numbers of apprenticeships and training opportunities for youths funded through its £1 billion Youth Contract initiative.