Education & Skills

As a Government Further Education Ambassador and National Chair of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, my role is to encourage people to have the confidence and ambition to get the best training and education key can.

I have spent more than two decades teaching in Further and Higher Education and I know how transformational getting the skills you need for a good career is.  I worked with the Government on the FE White Paper 'Jobs for Skills', which has been widely welcomed by the sector.  The Paper reforms learning provision for over 16s, lifelong employability strategies and FE workforce development, among other areas of further education. I will be helping companies to access training and education in order to up-skill their own work forces, in addition to encouraging T Levels, apprenticeships and vocational programmes. T Levels are the new technical courses (equivalent to three A levels) which have been created in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet the needs of industry.


Meeting with Catzero Programmes Manager

I met with Programmes Mananager Pete Tighe recently catch up on progress at CatZero, an organisation I have worked closely with during my time as MP.

Visit to the Restart office to meet the Staff

I was delighted to meet with key individuals within Grimsby’s Restart Scheme recently to discuss what the scheme offers to residents, and how I can help to facilitate even better opportunities for those within the scheme.

CatZero yacht launch

I met the CatZero team as they were preparing to embark on an exciting trip on the CatZero yacht to London. I wished the team good luck on their adventure, along with the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor David Hasthorpe.

Meeting Our Army Reservists

I went to meet the Army Reservists of the 4 (Lincolnshire) Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment at the Territorial Army Centre in Westward Ho. Reservists are people who serve in the army as well as working regular jobs for a living.

Queen's Award for The Community Shop

I visited Community Shop within Centre4 earlier today. They have recently won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Promoting Opportunity category.

APPG gardening meeting

I was invited to the recent All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting for gardening. Lincolnshire is a central place for food produce and I’ve a general interest in gardening myself, but I also wanted to join the meeting was because Alan Titchmarsh was in attendance as a guest speaker.

Franklin Collge Secures Funding

Franklin College was successful in a recent bid for capital funding to help in rebuilding work for the college.