Treasury Minister pays a visit to Bolton-based education centres

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Simon Clarke MP, visited Bolton-based education centres yesterday, to learn more about the employment opportunities they create.

The Minister was joined by Bolton West and Atherton MP Chris Green on his first stop at the Horwich-based apprenticeship provider Alliance Learning, where they discussed the great job opportunities apprenticeships can provide.

They also met Alliance Learning’s CEO, Kelly Perkin and local apprentices, to find out more about how apprenticeships equip people for the workplace.

Speaking about the visit, Ms Perkin said: “I was delighted to welcome Simon Clarke MP to Alliance Learning so that he can see and engage with our apprentices.

“We were also delighted to showcase the fantastic work we do and discuss the progress of The Apprenticeship Reforms since their introduction.’

Mr Green, who has recently been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Department for Education, added: “Alliance learning are such a great example of how apprenticeships can equip people with the necessary skills the work place, providing them with a hands-on learning experience and improving their employability prospects.”

Following this, the Minister and Bolton MP visited the future site of Bolton College of Medical Sciences at Royal Bolton Hospital, a £30million project that will create a new medical academy and provide training for medical professionals.

Speaking about this exciting new medical training centre, the MP said: “I’m delighted that the government is investing in a new medical college in Bolton, helping to provide more good quality local jobs, increasing the number of medical professionals and supporting our NHS.”

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Simon Clarke MP, added: “The Prime Minister was clear that we want to see success spread across not just our big cities but our towns and rural areas - and it is our priority to support regional growth and prosperity to maximise the potential of places like Bolton as we leave the EU.

“As a Northern MP, I know the hunger that exists to change how people view our region – and indeed how we view ourselves and our future.”