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<strong>&bull; Unemployment</strong><br />Shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May fleshed out well-trailed plans for welfare reform, outlining a scheme that will give personalised help to young people who have been unemployed for over six months.<br /><br />Under Labour&rsquo;s existing New Deal scheme, a young jobless person must have been out-of-work for 12 months before they are given this kind of support.<br /><br /><strong>&bull; Skills academies</strong><br />The Tories also outlined plans to create a new network of technical schools that will be supported by businesses and industry experts. Currently, there are plans for three of these so-called &ldquo;skills academies&rdquo;: a service industry academy supported by Travelodge and Tesco, an IT academy supported by Microsoft and a young entrepreneurs academy supported by the Bright Ideas Trust.<br /><br /><strong>&bull; Apprenticeships</strong><br />Shadow business, innovation and skill secretary David Willetts unveiled plans to create 300,000 new apprenticeship and training place in the first two years of a Tory government, which would be funded by scrapping the government&rsquo;s &ldquo;ineffective Train to Gain budgets&rdquo;. He also announced 10,000 extra fully-funded university places, and an extension of the Young Apprenticeship scheme from 10,000 to 30,000 places.<br /><br /><strong>&bull; Surprise Cameron speech</strong><br />Tory leader David Cameron gave an impromptu speech, warning delegates to avoid navel-gazing and telling them to &ldquo;go out and win&rdquo; the election. He said he would &ldquo;not let Britain down&rdquo;.