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Lord Blunkett to head up Heathrow skills taskforce

Published 29/06/2016

Lord Blunkett will chair the new taskforce
Lord Blunkett will chair the new taskforce

Former Labour minister Lord Blunkett is to chair a new skills taskforce set up by Heathrow airport.

The airport said the taskforce will ensure there is a "clear plan" to provide the skills required to build and operate expansion if the Government gives the go ahead for a third runway.

One of the aims is to ensure that young people in the local community have the necessary skills to build careers at an expanded Heathrow.

Lord Blunkett said: "Too often in the UK we make large-scale investments in projects that deliver short-term results which do not benefit and include the wider population, or the long-term needs of the country.

"There is no more room for lost opportunities. Our national infrastructure projects must go hand-in-hand with learning and training opportunities for the workforce of the future."

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