West Lancashire MP said:
"It is clear month after month that the job market is unstable and many people are concerned about whether they will have a job in the future. The economic predictions for 2012 are that the job market will get worse before it gets better.
"Given all the uncertainty and instability of the economy over which most of us have no control the priority is to work on the areas that we can control, which is to ensure that people have the right skills and training opportunities are open to them. If not then it will only damage our economy even more and make recovery even tougher.
"Youth unemployment is a massive issue. Most of us remember the damage caused in the 1980s with a whole generation were left on the scrap heap without a job, without a future. We cannot afford as a society, as communities and individuals for there to be a repeat. The answer to economic recovery lies in having workers who have the appropriate skills and are in a position to make the most of employment opportunities when they come along."