Labour 'apprentice for each foreign worker' scheme

 

Labour leader Ed Miliband: "It is wrong that millions of people in our country are going out to work, unable to afford to bring up their families."

Labour has said it plans to make large companies train a new apprentice for each skilled worker they hire from outside the EU.

The policy would create up to 125,000 high quality apprenticeships over the next parliament, the party said.

Labour leader Ed Miliband also pledged to increase the minimum wage to help with the cost of living.

He was speaking ahead of the start of the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

The apprenticeship scheme would affect foreign nationals brought in under Tier 2 of the points-based immigration system - those offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker.

Labour said its research had found that many recently created apprenticeships have been for low-quality courses, and demanded that the number of high-quality apprenticeships be doubled.

'Brutish economy'

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Mr Miliband said: "I want a high-wage British economy, not a low-wage brutish economy, and we've got plans to make that happen to drive up skills.

"So we're going to say to any firm who wants to bring in a foreign worker that they also have to train up someone who's a local worker, training up the next generation.

"We think that can create up to 125,000 new apprenticeships over the course of five years. And that is a massive boost in skills for our young people and that is really important."

But business lobbying group the CBI warned that Labour's plan could lead to more red tape.

Neil Carberry, CBI's director for education and skills, said: "We'd like to see more apprentices being taken on and agree that training through schemes such as apprenticeships are the long-term answer to skills shortages.

"However, we'd be concerned these proposals could add to red tape for firms.

"If we want to get more businesses offering more apprentices, it will be crucial to keep bureaucracy to a minimum and to make sure employers are in the driving seat when it comes to targeting funding."

Budget 'black hole'

On Saturday, Mr Miliband said Labour would increase fines for employers who deliberately broke minimum wage laws from £5,000 to a maximum of £50,000.

He told a crowd in Brighton that the national minimum wage was "one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour government" but it was falling behind price rises under the coalition government. He pledged to strengthen it.

If the national minimum wage had risen in line with the cost of living it would be 45p an hour higher than the current level, which is due to rise next month from £6.19 to £6.31, he said.

And he said the housing benefit cut - affecting social tenants in England, Scotland and Wales deemed to have spare bedrooms - would be scrapped.

Also in the Sunday Mirror, former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott wrote that Labour should use the conference to talk about "all the good things" it did in power and how it could repeat that success, rather than reaching out to the Liberal Democrats about a potential coalition.

It comes as Mr Miliband rejected the prospect of former spin doctor Damian McBride - whose new book is being serialised in the Daily Mail - of ever working for Labour again.

Mr McBride resigned in 2009 after he was caught planning to smear senior Conservatives.

Meanwhile, Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wrote in the Daily Telegraph that Labour and the Liberal Democrats wanted to "clobber the rich" with tax plans he says would "penalise wealth creators".

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 388.

    @ 372.
    "There's too many people on this island
    The answer is a bit more tricky - which party offers the best solution?"

    Maybe it's not up to us so long as we're in the EU?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 387.

    So for every foreign worker I employ I need to employ an apprentice?

    No problem, I will take on a load of cleaners as apprentices and train them to NVQ standard in mopping floors, I will only have to pay them £2.68ph and I will have the shiniest floors in my industry.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 386.

    One of the biggest difficulties is the lack of effort put in by Spain, Italy and others who allow unfettered immigration from former colonies that allows immigration to occur and then instant free movement across borders. Perhaps it is time to introduce longer qualification for citizenship in the EU to slow down the migration process or put a limit on free movement for a further 5 years.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 385.

    365. TJ1949
    Ed appears to believe that the Uk can somehow wall itself off from globalisation and pretend we do not have to compete
    ------
    Sounds ok in isolation doesn't it?
    Compete against what? Apple's Chinese suicide workers whilst with a 150k mortgage for a cardboard box kennel overlooked on ten "sides"?

    Still, at least the tories can afford NOT to collect £50 - £100 billion in taxes.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 384.

    Have you noticed every time Milliband speaks the Labour vote goes down.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 383.

    This is a very good scheme. But my only request is this scheme should not only be done for recruitment outside EU, But also should be done within EU outside UK. For immigration, whatever scheme UK adopts will be a ultimately a failure unless they implement it also for EU. UK should have free trade zone with EU, But borderless EU is ridiculous.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 382.

    I heard a Labour spokesman on Sky this morning saying they want to provide childcare from 8am till 6pm for all children because all mothers need this. It seems the schools budget will absorb this and the teachers will be fitting in longer hours so that these hard pressed families, who chose to have all these children, can relinquish more responsibility. More nanny-state ideas. God help us.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 381.

    stoneyfarmer @ 372
    "Consider the 4 main objectives of UK voters:
    A child could identify the main cause:
    There's too many people on this island
    The answer is a bit more tricky - which party offers the best solution?"

    You know that,
    We know that,
    They know that,
    Everybody with a grey cell knows that.

    As Nigel Farage said: "they are cardboard cutouts frightened to speak the truth".

  • rate this
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    Comment number 380.

    357.
    Brentford Activist

    Wow, Tory Central Office working on a Sunday?
    =
    ROFL, Damien's been there, seen it, done it, got the T-Shirt (covered in blood) & has just written a book about it. I fear your apprenticeship in Brentford may not have good future prospects ;-) Anyway bye for now, things to do, I only popped on to note how, when workers have a day off, this blog veers from the left

  • rate this
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    Comment number 379.

    "Labour has said it plans to make large companies train a new apprentice for each skilled worker they hire from outside the EU."

    Companies will simply hire their skilled workers from inside the EU instead.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 378.

    How would this work in the real world? How large an employer do you have to be to come into this idea? May I suggest that all employers big enough to qualify for this meddling already have apprenticeship schemes. It's yet another case of Politicians making out they have or will do something that is already out there and happening.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 377.

    @363.ambrosia

    How can we copy Germany? We don't have their strong manufacturing sector. Our apprenticeships will be in stacking shelves, call-centre work or flipping burgers.

    We need more British manufacturing, all political parties should be doing everything to encourage this. Then our young people can have hope for apprenticeships in jobs that can provide a career and living wage.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 376.

    #359
    Arrogant - what on earth are you babbling on about?

    #360 et al
    Brown/Labour turned a blind eye to all sorts of things.
    So, why? Have we still not understood that UK parties are elected by the Hedgiecorpmediabaron alliance? How many times must we witness it to appreciate it?

    Fundamental shift away from US style corpocratic rule by brown envelope required - if it smells like poo......

  • rate this
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    Comment number 375.

    @372

    The answer isn't tricky at all, we just need a political party with the balls to apply the solution; a coalition between UKIP and BNP would sort the problem.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 374.

    Milliband is going for a Guinness Book of records entry under Useless. He just does not understand economics. Germany has good wages because it makes heaps. We have low wages because we make comparatively very little. Put costs up and we will make less. Why do politicians promise a tasty medicine that they know will kill the patient.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 373.

    The difference between Germany and the UK is staggering. Proper industry with apprenticeships, fair wages, balanced economy, housing affordable etc.

    Their footballing success is a microcosm of success as a nation. Contrast that with our pathetic money infested, vested interest shambles.

    This is largly possible because Germany is run for it's people, not a corporate elitist clique.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 372.

    Consider the 4 main objectives of UK voters:

    1. To ensure everybody has somewhere to live.

    2. To ensure an ample supply of water, health care, education & energy

    3. Long term employment

    4. To maintain a safe environment to raise children

    A child could identify the main cause:
    There's too many people on this island

    The answer is a bit more tricky - which party offers the best solution?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 371.

    I do not mean to rant on about the dreadful mess of Labour years, everyone knows their failings first hand and the expensive nanny state/benefit ridden society we are still paying for but every single word from Ed Milliband is about debt increase. Surely he does not run his own household in such a way. Why would we want any of it?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 370.

    357.
    Brentford Activist
    Just now

    Wow, Tory Central Office working on a Sunday?

    I know the word working and Tory in the same sentence is something of an oxymoron but hey.

    Of course, start of Conference today, so lets all get on our office computers and rubbish Ed if we can.
    ---
    Uncomfortable reading is it, when people are not fooled by the Ed & Ed magic show? They've dealt a bum hand my friend.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 369.

    I have no right to tell you "who you can, and cannot, hire in your business," much less coerce you to comply with my demands by force, if necessary.
    And, neither does group of people calling themselves 'the government' have the right to impose similar demands upon you.

    The more government meddles in our market place and economy, distorting it, the more ''Brutish" our economy will be, a la USSR.

 

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