Skills for Jobs White Paper

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:19 pm on 21st January 2021.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border 1:19 pm, 21st January 2021

I really welcome this forward-thinking skills for jobs statement from the Government. FE colleges play a huge role in levelling up rural communities such as mine. As my right hon. Friend knows, Newton Rigg College in Penrith, the only land-based college in Cumbria, is under strategic review by the FE commissioner as we seek to secure a new organisation to take it over. Will my right hon. Friend ask his Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to work with stakeholders to secure the future of this vital college, and ensure that the review process and subsequent negotiations achieve a positive outcome and facilitate a smooth transition to a new provider?