Minister meets Somerset College Students

Jim Knight MP, Regional Minister for the South West and Minister for Employment and Welfare, met with a group of Somerset College students at the Genesis Centre to answer some of their burning questions.

The Minister was visiting the College to provide the Opening Address for the South West RDA’s Annual Public Meeting and as he has a particular passion for supporting young people, took the opportunity to hear what they had to say.

He ably answered a number of challenging questions on topical issues such as the economic downturn, MP’s expenses, student loans, the government’s education policies, the recent bank ‘bail-out’ and the chances of labour government re-election.  He emphasised to the students how important it is for them to believe they can influence change by voting for student union, local and regional government representatives who they believe can really make a difference.

He welcomed the opportunity to meet the students who are studying degrees, foundation degrees, National Diplomas and the New Diploma at the College and said:

'It's always exciting meeting young people and hearing what they have to say.  The young people I met in Taunton this morning were clear about what is important

to them and the Government will continue to help support them through increased opportunities in education, training and employment.’