Migrants “should not be blamed” for coming to Britain to work, and tighter immigration controls alone will not create more opportunities for British workers, David Cameron has said. The prime minister said there were UK factories where more than half the workforce were from eastern Europe. Changes to welfare and education had to accompany tougher entry rules if UK workers were to gain from the recovery. But the UK Independence Party said Mr Cameron’s comments were “hollow”.
The government has announced an overhaul of workplace apprenticeships to put more emphasis on maths and English skills to increase the level of independent assessment and to make schemes last longer. More than 60 companies, including Tesco, Barclays and HSBC, have also agreed to support a new vocational training scheme – providing 100,000 places over the next two years – to give people work experience and boost their employability. lthough the overall unemployment rate has been steadily declining and there are a record number of people in work, levels of long-term unemployment and youth joblessness remain stubbornly high.