STUDENTS from a Blackpool school joined Labour leader Ed Miliband on the platform as he outlined aims to shake up apprenticeships in his speech to his party’s conference in Manchester.
Mr Miliband pledged the next Labour government would reform education and apprenticeships - in partnership with business - to create a more highly skilled and highly paid workforce.
He said he would give the £1bn budget for on-the-job training to business and allow firms more of a say in setting the standards for vocational qualifications.
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, who is also shadow skills minister, said: “I am delighted Ed Miliband has put the issue of vocational education and apprenticeships at the centre of the party’s policies for the next election.
“It is an issue that is highly relevent to young people in Blackpool where the need for a proper vocational route in schools and colleges, given our background of creative industries, has never been greater.
“And I am pleased students from St Mary’s were able to be there to hear it. They were invited on to the platform with Ed while he gave his speech.”
A group of politics students from the school met up with Mr Marsden and Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn at the conference.