East Ham MP Stephen Timms takes crash course in mechanics at Beckton charity

East Ham MP Stephen Timms at Beckton Skills Centre. Picture: Beckton Skills Centre

East Ham MP Stephen Timms at Beckton Skills Centre. Picture: Beckton Skills Centre - Credit: Beckton Skills Centre

Stephen Timms MP visited a Beckton technical training charity last week for a crash course in mechanics.

Motor mechanics apprentices at Beckton Skills Centre. Picture: Beckton Skills Centre

Motor mechanics apprentices at Beckton Skills Centre. Picture: Beckton Skills Centre - Credit: Beckton Skills Centre

The MP for East Ham met staff and motor mechanics apprentices during his visit to Beckton Skills Centre, in Hillcroft Road, on Friday.

The centre has “drastically reduced” places for apprenticeships this academic year, staff told him.

They blamed “confusion on funding issues for employers” for discouraging companies from hiring apprentices in the wake of a predicted post-Brexit skills shortage.

The Labour MP “enjoyed speaking with learners”, they added.

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