Rachel Maclean MP
Rachel Maclean is the Conservative MP for Redditch County. She founded 'Skilled and Ready' to better support young people get the best start in life.
Rachel has a background in business, after she married her husband David, they set up a Birmingham based publishing company, specialising in IT and software content.
Rachel has been a voluntary worker and fundraiser for the National Childbirth Trust, a Sunday School Teacher, as well as spending 15 years as a Beaver, Cub, Scout Leader and Assistant District Commissioner for Cubs. She recently completed a term as an elected Parent Governor at a Birmingham school, with responsibility for the curriculum area. She helped set up the LoveBrum charity supporting grassroots volunteer-led charities that don't receive government funding.
Rachel started her charity, Skilled and Ready, because she has always been passionate about helping young people get the best start in life. She believes that a great education is the key to fulfilling potential and she said, "Skilled and Ready fits a real need. Having run a business I've seen the skills gap in practise. We link the skills needed by local employers to the curriculum. We help to open young people's eyes to the opportunities here for them and also to support them making the right choices. I'm delighted that schools across the country have recently put hundreds of learners through the Skilled and Ready program which will help them get a good job after they leave school"