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Jeremy Corbyn meets Barnet and Southgate College students

Jeremy Corbyn meets Barnet and Southgate College students

During his address there, Mr. Corbyn reinforced the fact that a programme of life-long training is crucial to building a high skills economy and he said that Labour's plans for a National Education Service will boost the economy. The labour manifesto set out plans to build a National Education Service, providing lifelong education and training, free at the point of use, to everyone regardless of age.

On his visit to Barnet and Southgate College Mr. Corbyn met with hairdressing and construction students and staff; he also spent time chatting with a group of apprentices from the College who are training in a range of areas which included: health and social care, IT, business, plumbing and hairdressing.

During their roundtable discussion at the College the apprentices asked Mr. Corbyn questions and he admitted to them that he found student debt 'frightening'. He continued to the Barnet and Southgate College apprenticeship students that the cost of tuition fees had reduced numbers of those choosing further education or university, and they agreed.

After touring the College's facilities where he met hairdressing students and staff in their commercial salon, he also tried his hand at brick laying in the College's construction training centre.

College staff and students commented that he was very down to earth and friendly, spending time to allow students to take selfies and shake his hand.

Pictured here: Jeremy Corbyn (centre) with Barnet and Southgate College student Kayleigh Hopwood (left), aged 19 from Edgware studying on the level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing and Elizabeth Scott (right), Curriculum Manager in Hairdressing at Barnet and Southgate College.

Kayleigh demonstrated her hair styling skills in the commercial salon at the state of the art Colindale campus of Barnet and Southgate College in North London.

Kayleigh said: "I was nervous at first but it was great meeting Jeremy Corbyn, he asked me about my course and what I wanted to do at the end of it, he really showed an interest and made me feel at ease."

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