“Education is vital for the future of business. I sit on the Birmingham and Solihull Employment and Skills Board and believe strongly in the importance of skills development and the overwhelmingly positive contribution that it can make, particularly in the face of our current economy.
“By supporting Universities we can ensure bright, young talent is retained in the UK and individuals are given the opportunity to showcase their skills and development through practical work placements.
“Here in the Midlands we have some of the best universities in the country - Aston University, Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, and Coventry University – and among them they nurture some of the best talent.
“Universities are equipping students with the necessary skills and experience to become the people that will ultimately drive our future economy – it’s of paramount importance that we all support them.”