Addressing delegates at the Labour Party conference in Brighton yesterday, Gordon Brown emphasized the need for new opportunities for young people in the low carbon economy.
He said: "I can also announce that we will work with the Eden Project and Mayday Network to create the biggest group of green work placements we have ever done- up to 10,000 green job placements so that our young people can make the most of the opportunities the low carbon economy will open to them."
In a speech laden with new policy announcements, the PM pledged to help tackle youth unemployment with the introduction of the green placements and 10,000 skilled internships offered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses.
Though with opinion polls and commentators all but writing the party off ahead of next year's election, it is unclear if the pledges will find their way into policy.
HTA marketing director Andrew Maxted said: "Obviously if that were to come to pass that would be a shot in the arm for the garden industry. What we would like the government to do is deliver on its promises. We have been working very closely with the sector skills council to develop a diploma only to find that funding is no longer available. Commitments are always welcome but the government have to deliver on them."
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