Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in Corby meeting apprentices at Tresham College and talking to business leaders.
He was on the campaign trail yesterday (November 1) with the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Corby and East Northants by-election, Jill Hope.
He said: “Apprenticeships are one of the best ways to make the step from school to work and it’s great to have seen the state-of-the-art facilities Tresham College have for giving young people the best support as they make that transition.
“The Coalition Government is pulling out all the stops to help young people into work. Something which I’ve been promoting, the Youth Contract, is using £1bn to give young people the opportunity to earn or learn.
“That’s through apprenticeships, work experience places or through wage incentives, for example, we’re paying employers about half the basic wage if they will take on a young person. I hope that many employers here in Corby and Northamptonshire will take us up on that offer.
“It’s been very valuable to have visited the college here with our candidate in the by-election, Jill Hope. She has a track-record in getting young people into employment from her business background. That’s the kind of experience that is hugely valuable to the area and in Parliament.”
Later the Deputy Prime Minister took part in a question and answer session with business leaders at Corby Enterprise Centre at Priors Hall.