I will be knocking on doors in Hodge Hill today rather than listening to the Fabian’s excellent looking line-up at their January conference – but I’ve penned a contribution to the conference magazine which you can get here. There’s few better responses to the argument made at today’s conference that the New Opportunities White Paper launched by the Government this week, and which I discussed on the Today programme and elsewhere.
The argument is simple. If we invest now, we can win a big share of the jobs of the future. But if we want to open up those jobs to anyone with talent and a yen for hard-work we have to invest in helping families turn aspiration into success. And takes investment not cuts across the public services we use – from early years to good teachers, to apprenticeships, to university places, skills training and bigger career loans for retraining.