Prime Minister Boris Johnson assists in an engine repair at the automotive shop during a visit to Kirklees College Springfield Sixth Form Centre in Dewsbury. Photo: Getty Images
Prime Minister Boris Johnson assists in an engine repair at the automotive shop during a visit to Kirklees College Springfield Sixth Form Centre in Dewsbury. Photo: Getty Images

In pictures: Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Dewsbury

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kirklees College in Dewsbury this morning (Friday) as part of a trip to West Yorkshire.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 5:34 pm

Mr Johnson called in at the college's Springfield Sixth Form Centre to discuss the Further Education Professional Development Grant pilots which were launched today.

The Prime Minister toured the creative industries and motor vehicle departments and was shown how the state-of-the-art facilities and expert teaching at Kirklees College is helping to build the future workforce and provide young people with the vocational skills needed to support the economic recovery.

As part of his visit, Mr Johnson was shown by students how to build parts of an engine, including lapping valves and changing and refitting spark plugs, and took part in etching, screen printing and lino printing.

Palvinder Singh, principal and chief executive at Kirklees College, said: “We were delighted to welcome Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Kirklees College. The visit offered a valuable opportunity to showcase what vocational education has to offer and how the college is contributing towards the future of the economy.

"We recognise the unique opportunity that vocational education offers and have heavily invested in providing young people in Kirklees with opportunities to enhance their work skills and career prospects.”

Mark Eastwood, Dewsbury MP, said: “During a recent Prime Minister’s Question Time, I invited Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit Kirklees College to see the recent investment that has been made in Dewsbury.

"It was marvellous to see him at Kirklees College today to discuss the importance of skills and apprenticeships to drive social mobility and boost our local economy.”

Mr Johnson said: “Kirklees College has done a brilliant job helping students thrive during the pandemic and today I met some inspiring teachers and talented students who are learning everything from mechanics to screen printing.

"We need to make sure we develop their skills as we build back better, so we are investing £9.5 million into training and development for further education teachers so they have the tools to pass on their skills and learning.

"This will help deliver our Lifetime Skills Guarantee and ensure people can train and retrain at any stage in their lives, enabling us not just to come through this crisis, but to come back stronger and build back better.”

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