Articles tagged with: Braunstone Frith


[21/01/2013 | No comment]

Liz comments on the closure of a Thales UK plant in Braunstone Frith. To read more, click here.

[07/02/2011 | No comment]


This week is National Apprenticeship Week and I’m supporting the campaign by Leicester College and the Leicester Mercury’s to create 100 apprentices in 100 days.

Apprentices get highly valued qualifications and on the job training which can make a real difference in getting a job. Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people starting out in their careers – they are also for adults and those returning to work.

Apprenticeships can also make a real difference to businesses. Apprenticeships help companies create the workforce they need, making them more productive and effective and giving them a ‘competitive edge’ which is vital in today’s tough economic climate.

This morning I was delighted to present one of my constituents, Simon Henfrey from Braunstone Frith with the Leicester City Council Apprentice of the Year at an awards ceremony in the city centre.

IMG_1214I also met young people at Leicester College who are doing apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Beauty and Floristry. Students from local schools who are interested in becoming an apprentice also came along for a ‘taster session’.

I think Apprenticeships should play an even bigger role in boosting skills and jobs in my constituency so if you’re interested – either in becoming an apprentice or in taking on an apprentice – please do use the contact details shown below.

How to get involved

Employers interested in taking on an apprentice should call 0116 224 2240. They can also go to one of the websites below.

Prospective apprentices should e-mail: info {at}

Alternatively, see one of the following websites:

[05/02/2010 | No comment]

I think one of Labour’s proudest achievements is our investment in children’s early years. When I was Director of the Maternity Alliance, I saw the difference good quality help and support can make to parents and young children, particularly if it starts very early on in life.

We’ve now got Sure Start Children’s Centres in Beaumont Leys and Stocking Farm, Braunstone, Braunstone Frith, New Parks, Rowley Fields and the West End. These are brilliant services that help improve children’s life chances and which local parents really value.

Labour has also put much needed investment into our local schools. Leicester was one of the first places to get money from the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) fund. £235m is being spent on rebuilding and transforming every secondary school in the city. The first two schools to benefit from BSF in Leicester West are Fullhurst College and the award winning school at Beaumont Leys. We’re starting to see a real difference in school results too: last year Leicester’s GCSE results improved faster than the national average.

But there’s still a long way to go. Leicester is 129th out of 151 local authorities in terms of GCSE results, and this isn’t good enough. That’s why I’m pressing for faster improvements in our schools. I’ll work with parents, teachers, councillors and the Government to make sure all parents in Leicester West have the choice to send their children to a good, local school.

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