Last week, I visited Cumbria in my capacity as Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education. It was fantastic to meet so many excellent students, teachers, apprentices and employers.
My first visit was to Walney School in Barrow-in-Furness. The school has a fantastic work experience programme to help young people get real a feel for work and the skills they need to succeed.
I really enjoyed learning about their digital careers passports, and hearing from pupils just how well careers is embedded into their whole curriculum.
Day Two of my visit to Cumbria included a trip to Whitehaven Academy in Copeland. I met some inspiring young people and teachers who are spearheading our plans to build a skills and apprenticeships nation.
My third visit was a round table event in Workington with local businesses & training providers to hear about how we can meet their skills needs. Businesses know how important top skills are, not just to the economy but also to driving social mobility and opportunity for all.
The final stop on my Cumbria tour was to Ullswater Community College in Penrith, a very caring local school which offers a great range of academic and technical courses.
Throughout my trip, it was inspiring to meet passionate staff and ambitious young people climbing up the ladder of opportunity, accessing great jobs and starting amazing careers.