Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
The Skills and Post 16 education bill
This week the government tabled a new Skills and Post-16 Education Bill in Parliament, levelling up skills and opportunity for people across the country as we build back better.
This Skills and Post-16 Education bill will underpin Britain's skills and training revolution - helping to create more routes into skilled employment in sectors the economy needs such as engineering, digital, clean energy and manufacturing - so more people can secure well-paid jobs in their local areas.
We must move past the outdated notion that there is only one route up the career ladder, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to retrain or upskill.
By revolutionising the skills system, we can level up opportunity and helpcommunities to thrive as we build back better and fairer from the pandemic.