West Midlands teachers on strike

Members of the National Union of Teachers demonstrated in one of Birmingham's central squares today over workload, pay and pensions.

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Carpentry, joinery and fashion among careers on show

Careers in carpentry, joinery, fashion and sports will all be on show today as hundreds of students in the Black Country will get the chance to try their hand at potential jobs for the future.

Sandwell College and Walsall College have teamed up to hold the Sandwell & Walsall Skills Show Experience, which will be staged at Bank's Stadium in Walsall from 10am until 7pm.

Carpentry is one of the careers on show today
Carpentry is one of the careers on show today Credit: NEIL MUNNS/PA

Food demonstrations, dog grooming, nail art, business quizzes, computer games design, a virtual catwalk and an automotive challenge will all be taking place, while employers including the NHS, Bandals and the AA will be offering advice to job hunters.

Scott Upton, vice principal at Sandwell College, welcomed the launch of the event.

Skills are the key to people building rewarding careers as the economy recovers.

At this event, a wide range of skills will be on show, as well as opportunities for young people and young adults who are the future of our region.

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NUT member apologises to parents but blames MP

A member of the NUT in Birmingham has apologised to parents for today's strike, which meant many children could not go into school.

But Kevin Courtney also said it was necessary for parents to see that the Government has caused teachers to have to go on strike.

The Government says it's surprised the strike took place, as talks are underway with unions.

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NUT member says changes to education a big reason for strike

A Nottingham NUT member has explained the reasons for today's teacher strike to ITV News Central's Education Correspondent, Peter Bearne.

Susi Artis says changes to the structure of education in the country is a main reason behind the strike, as well as pay and pensions. She spoke during the NUT march in Nottingham earlier today.

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