Mayor champions apprentices

The Mayor is going to be in east London today with Stephen Hammond MP. He's going to be meeting apprentices at the Crossrail Tunnelling Academy in Ilford for National Apprenticeship Week

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Mayor's apprenticeship boost

London's apprentices were given a little help today.

The Mayor announced he's cutting the cost of them getting around London, by giving them a third off the price of public transport.

Boris Johnson says it could help around 40,000 people save more than £600 a year.

But the discount travel will only last for a year.

The details now from our Political Correspondent Simon Harris:

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Boris gets concrete lesson

Boris Johnson about to get a lesson in concrete spraying at the Crossrail tunneling academy in Ilford this morning.

Boris Johnson joined around 10 apprentices this morning for a lesson in concrete spraying.

With Crossrail and many other large-scale tunnelling projects in the pipeline the demand for skilled tunnelling and underground workers in the UK and Europe is unprecedented.

Boris Johnson spraying

The Tunneling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) was established in 2011 by Crossrail, to address a shortage of people with the necessary skills to work underground on the transport scheme and on other planned infrastructure projects

Boris Johnson and Transport Minister Stephen Hammond MP use a concrete spraying machine
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