Supporting Young People

I strongly believe in the importance of political engagement amongst young people. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, each year I have welcomed groups of young people from across the constituency to Parliament.

I have regularly hosted an annual school leaders lunch, bringing together young people from secondary schools all across the constituency, to discuss their future aspirations and to answer questions about Parliament or the constituency.

I strongly support apprenticeships and traineeships for young people, particularly given the tough economic pressures caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time but they can also raise the productivity of the businesses they join and I have always been proud to support them. Over the past few years, I have met apprentices from Skipton Building Society both in the constituency and in Westminster. The Building Society is the biggest employer in my constituency and their apprenticeship scheme allows school leavers and graduates to experience a number of roles within the company over the course of three years.


Julian Smith MP visits Craven College

Julian visited Craven College to see what steps the college had taken to re-open and to discuss the latest local educational opportunities for young people. Whilst on his visit Julian met with the new Principal Lindsey Johnson. 

Julian Smith MP visits Craven College

Julian Smith MP  visited Craven College to meet with new Principal, Andrew Cropley, and to attend a meeting of the Land Based Employer Forum.  

Julian Smith MP visits Glasshouses Primary School

Last Friday, Julian Smith MP visited Glasshouses Community Primary School to meet with Class 2.  

Julian led an assembly with the whole school, talking about his role as an MP and his day-to-day work, and then answered questions from the students.  

Julian Smith MP meets with Skills Minister

Julian Smith MP met with Anne Milton MP, the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. Mr Smith requested the meeting in order to represent Craven College’s interest in forming an Aire Valley College together with Shipley College and the Keighley Campus of Leeds City College.