Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP visited the site of the North East’s first University Technical College in County Durham today as part of Labour’s campaign to remain in the EU.
Mr Benn joined Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson to tour the construction site of the new school in the shadow of the Hitachi Rail Europe plant in Newton Aycliffe. South Durham UTC is a joint project between the University of Sunderland, Gestamp and Hitachi Rail Europe. Specialising in engineering, the school which will open in September, will offer young people from 14-18 years a chance to gain skills to go and work at places such as Hitachi Rail.
On the visit Hilary Benn said:
“This is an extremely impressive development and it is good to see big international firms such as Gestamp and Hitachi Rail getting involved. The opportunities which will be on offer to young people across South Durham will open up exciting careers, with some going on to work in Hitachi on a new generation of trains.
“The North East has an excellent record in securing inward investment from big companies such as Nissan and Hitachi. They come in part to benefit from a skilled and dedicated workforce but also because of the region’s place in the European Union. The management of these companies have been clear that they would prefer the UK to remain part of the EU.
“The apprenticeships, the training, the jobs of the future for the region’s young people will be more secure if we remain part of the EU family.”