LAST Thursday, in my role as Minister for Employment, I was delighted to launch a campaign to raise awareness of Sector Based Work Academies – a scheme designed to help young people into work.
The scheme combines training and work experience with a guaranteed interview; with over 50% of people going on the scheme getting a job.
Here on Wirral, we have some of the country's top performing trainers, with Sandra Kirkham at Progress to Excellence Ltd leading the way.
The employment picture for young people in our area is looking increasingly positive – and in the last month alone the number of young people claiming jobseekers allowance in Merseyside fell by 615 – but there’s always more to do.
On Friday night, after voting for the Bill to allow an In/Out referendum on the EU, I took part in Wirral Grammar School’s Question Time event – the other panellists being Lord Storey, Alison McGovern MP and Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC, and an old boy of the school.
I always participate in such events, as one of the main parts of my job is explaining to others the tough decisions we are having to make and why that is.
On Saturday, I managed to get some Christmas stocking fillers from our local Christmas Craft Fayres, starting at Westbourne Hall and then St Bridget’s.
From there, I visited a new business on Market Street in Hoylake, The Yog Bar, to wish Steph and her team the very best of luck with their new frozen yoghurt venture, before finally opening Holy Trinity School’s Christmas Fayre, along with Santa.
He assured me I’d been a good girl and had worked hard all year and he would be visiting my home this Christmas Eve... must remember to send him my list!