Redditch MP "delighted" with PM's visit to town factory

Redditch Advertiser: Karen Lumley MP with Prime Minister David Cameron Karen Lumley MP with Prime Minister David Cameron

THE Prime Minister visited Redditch last week to discuss the future of British industry during a question and answer session with workers at the Lear Corporation factory.

David Cameron discussed a skills deficit which is threatening industry and urged business bosses, schools, and colleges to take a more “Germanic” approach in making sure that the next generation of workers have the skills needed.

Addressing approximately 100 members of staff at the factory, Mr Cameron said: "There is no simple, easy answer to this because you can't create an engineer overnight.

"You've got to go right back in the school system, which is what we are doing, and say, ‘Are we encouraging kids to study the right subjects?'.

“There was a time when colleges were looked up to government and saying, ‘What courses shall we study in order to tick all your boxes?'

"We are saying, instead of looking up to the government, get out there and meet with the companies and find out what they want you to train people up into.

"We need frankly to have a more Germanic approach to that skills deficit. I think we will crack it but it will take time."

Town MP Karen Lumley said she had been pleased with how the question and answer session went.

“It was fantastic to see David Cameron at Lear Corporation taking part in a 'PM direct' session. During his session with employees, many were impressed with his responses to their questions.

“The Autumn Statement was a strong signal that Britain is open for business with Corporation Tax being cut to 21 per cent, which is now the lowest in the G8 and sharp increases in tax reliefs to plant and machinery companies.

“If Britain is to compete in the global race, it is essential we do all we can to assist companies such as Lear Corporation. This includes making tax rates competitive and ensuring people have the right skills needed to help companies grow and expand.

“Lear Corporation now employs nearly 1000 people and is still expanding very fast. It is a great example of how a dynamic manufacturing company can thrive and operate here in the UK.”

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