Today the Secretary for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith joined me to visit the East Kent Railway (EKR). The railway is a fantastic heritage line, running 2 miles through Shepherdswell and Eythorne. It is an idyllic line and it has plans to keep developing.
The EKR is helping to train local apprentices for the future and has an amazing scheme. Apprenticeships are a key tool for helping young people into work and fulfilling their aspirations. The number of apprentice starts in Dover and Deal has doubled since the General Election, providing more local young people with ladders to success in the world of work. Iain and I were delighted to see the progress made at the EKR in developing apprenticeships and life chances for our young people.
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