Jeremy Corbyn tours Blackburn College's automotive hub
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Blackburn College to learn how the college equips students with the skills to succeed in a changing job market.Corbyn was given a tour of the £5.5m state-of-the-art Regional Automotive Technology Hub within Blackburn College’s £65m campus.
The strong links and employment and apprentice opportunities with local businesses such as Bowker BMW, Chorley Nissan, and Moffatts Motor Accessories were part of the tour.He said: "I've had a great day meeting the staff and apprentices at Blackburn College. The car manufacturing industry is vital to the North West and it's so important that colleges like this get the support they need to continue creating highly skilled workers.
“The College is excellent and is inspiring students into engineering. I was very impressed with the college's grasp of and commitment to the local community.”Corbyn chatted with students, recalling fond memories of tinkering with his first vehicle – an Austin A35 van.
The visit followed the announcement that Nissan will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant and a 0.5% growth in the economy following the Brexit vote. Phil Watson, chair of corporation board at Blackburn College, said: “Having Jeremy Corbyn visit the college helps to showcase our facilities. This particular visit focused on the apprenticeship side, but we also work closely with the employers – who not only offer placements for the students, but have also helped to design the automotive centre and the training programme.”