Alternative education praised by MP
MP Jon Ashworth has paid a visit to an alternative education project.
The Leicester South MP visited Pedestrian, in Rutland Street, in the city, to meet young people involved in creative education and skills-based workshops.
The project helps 14 to 18-year-olds acquire skills and experience.
Pedestrian was recently awarded a grant of £9,920 from the Royal Bank of Scotland's Group Inspiring Enterprise Initiative.
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The money will offer tailored business courses to 16 and 17-year-olds, giving young people the skills they need to start businesses after leaving school.
He said: "If young people start businesses, with the right skills and knowledge, there may be further opportunities which will boost our economy.
"At the end of last year, there were 290 long-term unemployed young people in the city, so projects such as those at Pedestrian are important."
Director Samantha Whelan said: "Many of the young people we work with are disheartened with opportunities available to them, particularly as most have struggled to engage in learning for most of their secondary education.
"All our projects have personalised learning, creativity and innovation at their heart, and many include qualifications."