Minister for skills Matthew Hancock was in Norfolk and Suffolk today to meet young apprentices and dicsuss ways to close the skills gap.

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Mr Hancock, West Suffolk MP responsible for further education and apprenticeships, spent time in Long Stratton, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft during the visit.

He spoke with apprentices, ranging from trainee boatbuilders and engineers for the offshore industries to chefs and hotel managers, and met local business leaders who have long been stalwart supporters of apprentice schemes and the benefits they bring to the region.

After touring Great Yarmouth College this afternoon, Mr Hancock said: “Great Yarmouth is a microcosm of the country; there’s unemployment and a skills shortage side by side and it’s the skills system that has to fill that gap.

“Here Great Yarmouth College has got the flexibility to deliver skills that are needed and has got strong links with local employers but there’s always more than can be done.”

• See tomorrow’s EDP for full coverage of the minister’s visit.

6 comments

  • That's it, censor anything critical of that little weezle.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • If Hancock managed to both get there on time and then stay awake he could have a career as a jockey.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • “Here Great Yarmouth College has got the flexibility to deliver skills that are needed......" TRIPE !.

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    "V"

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • GY college delivers hairdressers and burger flippers. Hardly a center of excellence!

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    Paul Morley

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • They could learn a lot from that fellow. Like being on time for important meetings. Although Matty has done some jolly good PR since he became a MP in 2010, he rather let the side down when he missed an early morning slot on ITV1’s Daybreak show where he was due to defend a training scheme that lectures the jobless on punctuality! An irate punter quipped “imagine my surprise when I discovered a minister whose Government berates ‘shirkers’ couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed to defend his own policy". Unfortunately his feeble attempt to excuse his non-appearance caused further controversy. Matty wrote on Twitter: "I got 2 tv studio at 6:41 this am so missed 6:40 slot. You've got to be on time for work or there r consequences. I'll learn from my example". But Daybreak presenter Matt Barbet accused the skills minister of "spinning" and talking "nonsense". In a tweet addressed to the MP, he wrote: "Appreciate admission about missing us on at_daybreak. Everyone oversleeps - but you know you were much more than a minute late." Prior to 2010 he was George Osborne's Chief of Staff and an economist at the Bank of England, need I say more ?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Yesterday I posted some facts about this MP's performance, pertinent to this artcile, and available in the public domain, and in the usual Stalinist manner they have been censored.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

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