'German model' could boost York’s economy

The German economic model - linking further and higher education to the needs of industry - is a template for revitalising the economy in the City of York, says Labour party candidate for York Central, Rachael Maskell.
Rachael Maskell said: “Behind the picture book tourist image of York, there lies a low wage service economy with a high penetration of zero hours contracts.
“That’s why the German model has lessons for York. We need to reinforce the link between further and higher education with the industrial base, which works so well in Germany.
“I have spoken to a local engineering company that is very keen on this approach, of which the provision of good quality apprenticeships is key.
“We need to reverse the trend which has shown that the people starting apprenticeships in the York constituency are down from 960 in 2011/12 to 710 in 2013/14 – at the same time employers are saying it is difficult to recruit apprentices.
“The aim should be to bring industry into the heart of the city, following the loss of skilled workers from the rail and chocolate making sectors. Diversification into ‘green’ jobs should be investigated as a priority.
“Labour is fully committed to a programme of vocational training for young people, starting at school.
“The German model also encourages partnership working between management and the unions, which promotes industrial harmony. This, in turn, boosts productivity.
“The level of poverty is growing in York with four food banks now operating and people suffering because of the cruel ‘Bedroom Tax’. Many families, hit by the cost of living crisis, have not reaped any of the economic benefits that the Tories crow about.
“The economy of the UK in general and, York in particular, could be boosted if we lifted the nagging uncertainty about Britain’s continued membership of the EU. The UK has 3.5 million jobs dependent on our continued EU membership.
“What Labour is creating is a climate of economic hope for the many, and not as the Tories have done over the last five years, the riches for the few.”

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