LIBERAL Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable visited St Albans to meet young people taking part in new apprenticeships.

Sir Vince spent February 1 at Oaklands College in Hatfield Road, where he met apprentices and businesses.

He discussed the apprentice levy, which he believes has made it difficult for employers to find the right apprentice.

He also spoke about the “pressure” students face to take the A-level and university route rather than the apprenticeship route.

Sir Vince said: “The apprenticeship levy was the right concept, but it has become far too bureaucratic.

It needs to be made fit for purpose so this initiative is not wasted and the success it has already had is not undone.”

The leader also said MP Anne Main’s seat was “well within” the grasp of Lib Dem candidate Daisy Cooper if a general election was called.

"Daisy Cooper is a brilliant candidate. My party had an impressive result in St Albans in last years general election, making her the clear challenger.

"Daisy has proven herself to be a local champion, from campaigning to protect our NHS to speaking up for the local business community.”