12:15 Wednesday 18th December 2013
MR SPEAKER: Mr Stewart Jackson.
HOUSE: Hear hear.
STEWART JACKSON: Unemployment in the Peterborough constituency stands at 5.5%, the lowest since the financial crisis, and there are 1,180 fewer JSA claimants than a year ago. However there are too many young people who are jobless and lacking work skills. So will the Prime Minister give an early Christmas present to Peterborough people, by giving his personal support for our bid for a University Technical College to be decided in the New Year?
DAVID CAMERON: I know that my Right Honorable Friend the Education Secretary will look closely at the proposal for a University Technical College. They are working well. I think it’s a very good innovation in our education system. But the news on youth unemployment is better, 19,000 down this quarter, and the claimant count as well falling. But there’s a lot more work to do, and I think we should particularly look at the Work Experience Programmes, which seem to have one of the best records at reducing youth unemployment, and see what we can do to encourage companies and businesses to get involved in this Work Experience Programme.