Supporting Young People

I have welcomed a large number of groups of young people across the constituency to Westminster over the past seven years to ensure they are aware of the work of Parliament.

I am a strong supporter of apprenticeships for young people.  Apprenticeships can give young people the opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time. They can raise the productivity of the businesses they join and I have always been proud to support them. I am delighted that in Skipton and Ripon there were 850 apprenticeship starts in 2015/16 and during the last Parliament we saw the biggest ever increase with over two million people starting an apprenticeship.

I have over the past few years met with apprentices at Skipton Building Society both in the constituency and in Westminster. The building society is the biggest employer in my constituency and it was great to hear about the excellent scheme that they are running which allows school leavers and graduates to experience a number of roles within the company over the course of three years.

I have also been able to host an Annual School Leaders' for a number of years which allows me to get together young people from secondary schools and colleges across the constituency to answer their questions and discuss their futures.


Julian Smith MP visits Brougham Street Nursery School

Julian Smith MP earlier this month visited Brougham Street Nursery School, Skipton. Mr Smith was given a tour of the school by the Headteacher, Michael Pettevel, and Parent Governor, Heather Mason, and met children from across all age groups.  

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.