Shadow education minister Tristram Hunt paid a visit Sheffield’s new £10 million University Technical College.
The MP was a guest of the Sheffield-based British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, the trade association for the UK glass industry.
The confederation is one of the UTC’s key partners, leading curriculum projects, interviewing for its apprenticeship programme and offering careers days.
Mr Hunt said: “Come the next election, raising standards in vocational education will be absolutely at the heart of the Labour Party’s agenda.
“All our research so far shows the best results come when educators and employers work together, collaborating across different institutions.
“That is exactly what happens at the Sheffield UTC, so I’m really grateful British Glass invited me. It was fascinating.”