David Cameron meets Business Leaders for “pro-growth” Agenda
Thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships are being promised by the government
Coalition leader David Cameron is seeking to secure the creation of thousands of jobs in the private sector, in an attempt to avoid recession as the country faces a wave of public sector job cuts.
He has met with business leaders from many different sectors, including retail, hotels, manufacturing, technology and oil, as part of a government agenda to stimulate businesses and grow the UK economy.
“Across a whole range of areas you’re going to see the most pro-business, pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda ever unleashed by a government,” Cameron said in a statement, according to the BBC.
He said that a “strong, confident” economy would create thousands of new jobs, and named the likes of Microsoft, McDonalds, John Lewis and major supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s as part of the plan to reach those objectives.
“We can only get our economy back on track by creating a climate in which the private sector can grow and develop, creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country,” he said. “This year the government is determined to help deliver many thousands of new jobs and I’m delighted that the companies joining me today are part of that.”
He said that “many, not the few” will share in the resulting prosperity, but only if the right skills and jobs are developed to allow this to happen.
“It’s time we looked forward to a positive, strong, confident Britain,” he added.
The firms have pledged thousands of jobs each, with Asda promising up to 15,000 new apprenticeships and Tesco pledging up to 9,000, while John Lewis and Microsoft have promised 4,000 new jobs each.
Reports suggest that the government is also looking at ways to create a more flexible labour market, and a consultation is expected later this week which will consider a reform.