We have some of the best schools in the area and I continue to work alongside my ministerial colleagues to ensure they are allowed to flourish.
Youth unemployment in Orpington stood at 95 in July 2016, down from 285 in May 2010.
I encourage 16 and 17-year-olds to sign up to the new National Citizen Service, which offers participants from diverse backgrounds a chance to spend a short time away from home to learn new skills, make new friends and build on their self-confidence, personal responsibility, and teamwork and leadership skills. At the end of the trip, participants are tasked with putting together a social action project to support a local cause, and then spend 30 hours putting it into action in their community.
Photo: With young apprentices at JTL Training Facility on Orpington High Street