Prime Minister praises MP’s campaign for HS2 academy

May 08, 2014

In response to Mr Stewart’s question during Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday (Wednesday) on the need for more focus on attracting young people into engineering, Mr Cameron said: “I absolutely back what my hon. friend says and I know he has been campaigning very hard to get the HS2 Academy to go to Milton Keynes.

The HS2 skills academy will be the first further education college in Britain for over 20 years. It is expected to supply up to 2,000 apprenticeships that will be needed to build the High Speed Rail Line.

Mr Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said, “I was delighted with the Prime Minister’s answer. I am glad to see the government is focusing on getting young people into engineering and working on major infrastructure projects like Crossrail and HS2.

“It was nice to get praise for MK’s bid to host the new HS2 Skills Academy. We have a strong and ambitious bid and the support it has received across the city has been fantastic.

“Our location and the fact we already are home to Network Rail and other national transport organisations gives us a good opportunity. I know it will be tough competition but, I hope our bid does well.” 

Mr Cameron told the House: "There is a vital bit of skills work that needs to be done. I am sure there will be a lot of competition."

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