In his first visit to the West Midlands since becoming Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn paid a visit to the EEF Technology Training Centre in Birmingham last week, calling the facility “absolutely brilliant.”
Khalid Mahmood, Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson with EEF Technology Training Centre Director Neil Withey
Corbyn was joined by deputy Labour party leader and West Bromwich east MP Tom Watson and local MP Khalid Mahmood for the visit. They were given a full tour of the facility, including demonstrations of the high-tech machinery the EEF apprentices use during their training. He also spent time talking to the apprentices themselves.
Corby also spent time talking to EEF apprentices.
Declaring himself “fully committed to the Midlands engine”, Corbyn voiced his support for manufacturing and engineering apprenticeships and the training that takes place at the EEF centre.
He also spoke with apprentices and EEF officials about what more can be done to apprenticeships to young people.
EEF has recently completed a £2 million investment in the Birmingham training centre, with the funds being used to provide state-of-the-art high-tech equipment and additional robotics equipment, including four industrial-scale robots.