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Miliband seeks 'high wage' economy
Labour leader Ed Miliband addresses shoppers in Brighton town centre on the eve of the Labour Party annual conference
Ed Miliband has announced plans to support British workers and help families cope with rising cost of living ahead of the start of the Labour Party conference in Brighton.
The party leader said large firms will have to train up a British apprentice for every overseas worker they bring to the UK while he would ensure apprenticeships in Britain are "gold standard".
He believes the policy could result in the creation of 125,000 new apprentices over five years because the long-term solution for the UK economy is to develop a highly skilled homegrown workforce.
In further measures to boost apprenticeships, Labour will accept key recommendations from a report by Professor Chris Husbands, director of the Institute of Education.
As part of efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers he also promised a huge increase in the fine for employers who failed to pay the national minimum wage, with the penalty set to rise from £5,000 to £50,000 under a Labour administration.
Signalling a tougher stance on immigration, Mr Miliband told the Sunday Mirror the party was "changing under my leadership" and had "learned lessons from the past".
He said: "I want a high wage British economy, not a low wage brutish economy.
"We've got plans to make that happen, to drive up skills. So we are going to say to any firm that wants to bring in a foreign worker that they also have to train up someone who is a local worker, training up the next generation."
The tenfold increase in fines for the minimum wage would "stop the exploitation which undercuts workers that are already here".
He added that Labour would increase the current fine of £5,000 to £50,000 for employers who systemically abuse the minimum wage and take action in the care sector where up to 220,000 are not being paid the minimum wage.