Lynne Featherstone MP visits apprenticeship and training schemes  

Lynne Featherstone MP with Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP (left) and apprentices from Building Lives.Lynne Featherstone MP yesterday visited Broadwater Farm community centre, to meet with local residents who are involved in successful projects across Haringey.

Along with Communities Minister Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP met young people taking part in the Building Lives Apprenticeship Scheme.

The scheme helps hundreds of people a year into sustainable construction careers across London. Around 70% of the participants were not in education, employment, or training before becoming an apprentice.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green also met members of the Little Flames Youth Cadet Service, a programme for 9-18 year olds. Alongside learning skills themselves, they deliver first aid training and provide first aid support to several local events.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“Schemes like ‘Building Lives’ and the youth cadets are doing great work to help young people learn skills. They are a real positive force in our borough, and I enjoyed seeing the work they do first hand.

“We have a great story to tell in our local area. Unemployment here has halved since 2010, and youth unemployment in particular has more than halved!

“As the local MP – I hold annual apprenticeship events to bring local schemes and jobs together with local young people looking for work. Everyone should have equal access to these opportunities.”

 

Unemployment Drops in Haringey

Here’s my latest Muswell Flyer article – also available here. Since I wrote this article, unemployment has dropped even further to 2.6% – halved since 2010!

Having a job is so important – it gives us a purpose and means we can provide for ourselves and our families. And for Government – helping people into work should always be a priority.

Before 2010, in the midst of the recession, unemployment rose and young people found it difficult to start their careers.

But things are looking up – unemployment in our constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green has now dropped to just 3%. That’s down from 5.2% in 2010.

Haringey’s young people are leading the way – youth unemployment here has halved since 2010. That’s a real testament to the ability and ambition of the bright young people in Haringey.

In August, I held my annual apprenticeship event at the Civic Centre. Just like last year, over 100 young people came through the doors, looking to kick start their career. I was so impressed with the way they approached the organisations at the event, securing interviews and places on courses.

These were organisations such as Barclays, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the National Apprenticeship Service.

One person who came to the event secured an interview at a local restaurant, six people signed up for a stewarding course at Tottenham Hotspurs, and local organisation 5e enrolled 15 people on their ‘skills boost’ programme.

25 of the people who attended expressed an interest in a community cadet course with the London Fire Brigade, and 14 signed up to attend an open day at North London Garages.

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn a trade and gain contacts in an industry. Like jobs, they are becoming more and more popular, and more available to young people.

And the growth in the number of available jobs and apprenticeships hasn’t just happened by accident.

When the Lib Dems entered Government in 2010, getting people into work and increasing the number of apprenticeships was a priority. Since then, my Lib Dem colleagues in Government have worked with businesses to help create a million more jobs and over 1.8million apprenticeships.

The story is the same across the UK – not just in Haringey (though – we are lowering our unemployment at a faster rate than many other areas!)

Employment figures released in October show that 30.76 million people in the UK are now in work, the highest level on record.

The number of people unemployed has fallen below 2 million for the first time since 2008, while youth unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began.

It’s really no surprise, with nearly 1.3 million more people working full time since 2010!

There is still plenty more work to be done to build the economy and create opportunity for everyone. But over the coming months and years I hope to see the situation improving even more.

Unemployment in Hornsey and Wood Green halved since 2010!

Local young people at one of Lynne Featherstone MP’s annual apprenticeship events

Lynne Featherstone MP has welcomed news that unemployment in her constituency has halved since 2010.

The local unemployment rate was 5.2% when the Lib Dems entered Government in May 2010. It is now down to just 2.6%.

Youth unemployment in the Lib Dem MP’s constituency has also plummeted – down from 7.1% in May 2010 to just 2.5% now.

The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs since 2010, and are working to create a million more. A record number of apprentices have also been created, with over 2 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the rate of employment is at a record high of 30.8m.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“The recession was really tough – affecting millions of people across the UK. So, when the Lib Dems entered Government, we worked hard to get things back on track. It’s the job of MPs to work with businesses and JobCentres, and help get people into work – and that’s what we did from day one.

“Now, employment is at a record high. It means there are so many more jobs and apprenticeships available, giving everyone the opportunity to find work and get on in life.

“And I’m so pleased that unemployment in my constituency has halved.  Over 100 young people attended the apprenticeship event I organised with JobCentre Plus last year – many of them securing places as a result. As the local MP, I’ll continue to hold these events and promote local businesses.”

Almost 5000 young people in Haringey help hit two million apprenticeship goal

Lynne Featherstone MP and local organisation 5e at the apprenticeship eventLocal MP Lynne Featherstone has welcomed news that two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010, including 4830 in Haringey.

Since entering Government in 2010, the Liberal Democrats aimed to boost the number of young people taking up apprenticeships – whilst scrapping the arbitrary target of getting 50% into university.

Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone holds an annual apprenticeship event in her constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green. This year, over 100 young people came through the doors to meet companies and find out more about apprenticeships.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“Apprenticeships are a vital part of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. If young people are able to earn and learn, then they have the opportunity to get on it life.

“I am delighted that young people in Haringey have benefitted from fantastic training and employment opportunities that apprenticeships offer.

“I’ve met many apprentices and companies at my annual apprenticeship fair, and seen the benefit apprenticeships can give to young people.”

Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Vince Cable MP said:

“Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to Liberal Democrats’ commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.

“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats made them a priority when we entered office and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver on our promise to have two million apprentices start in this Parliament.”

The gender pay gap

Women and men should be paid the same if they do the same job. It sounds obvious, but in reality it doesn’t happen. In 1997, when records began, the difference was a very alarming 17.4%.

Since entering government my Lib Dem colleagues and I have worked hard to reduce the gender pay gap to the lowest ever level (9.4%). This is welcome, but there is much more to do.

The Lib Dems want to close the gap completely, just as we have eliminated other inequalities between men and women.

Our introduction of Shared Parental Leave has made it easier for parents to care for their children. Older men and women will receive the same basic state pension from 2016. There are now many more women on company boards. All Lib Dem commitments, all delivered.

We want to go further – our manifesto for next year includes a roadmap to ending pay inequality completely.

We will make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish their average pay for male and female workers.

With this simple change, staff will be able to see whether they are treated the same as their colleagues. Shoppers will know whether a company has a pay bias against women.

The pressure from both sides will force employers to account for, and abolish, any gender pay gap. Equal work should mean equal pay.

Almost 5,000 new apprenticeships created in Haringey since 2010

Lynne Featherstone MP and local organisation 5e at the apprenticeship eventFigures reveal that 4,830 people in Haringey have secured new apprenticeships since the Lib Dems entered Government in 2010.

This includes over 1000 people who started an apprenticeship in Haringey in the last 12 months.

Liberal Democrats in Government have led the apprentice drive and are on course to deliver two million apprenticeships in Britain by the end of this parliament.

Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone holds an annual apprenticeship event in Haringey. This year, over 100 young people came through the doors to meet companies and find out more about apprenticeships.

Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said:

“All young people should have an opportunity to get on in life, and apprenticeships are a great way to deliver that. During an apprenticeship, young people get paid to learn new skills, get a qualification, and make contacts in an industry.

“That’s why I hold an annual apprenticeship event, to give young people the chance to meet local and national organisations who are offering these opportunities.

“I’m so pleased to see that almost 5000 young people in Haringey have started an apprenticeship since 2010. It’s no wonder youth unemployment in my constituency has halved since 2010.

“Delivering on apprenticeships helps build the stronger economy and fairer society Britain needs.”

Unemployment in Hornsey and Wood Green drops to just 3%

Local MP Lynne Featherstone has welcomed yesterday’s employment figures, which show that 30.76 million people in the UK are now in work, the highest level on record.

The number of people unemployed has fallen below 2 million for the first time since 2008, while youth unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began.

Over the last year every region and nation in the UK has seen a fall in unemployment – again, the largest annual fall since records began, which brings the rate to a new 6 year low of 6%.

In Lynne Featherstone’s constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green, unemployment has fallen to just 3% – down from 5.2% in 2010. Youth unemployment locally has halved.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“The employment rate is back up to the pre-recession levels – and it’s no surprise, with nearly 1.3 million more people working full time since 2010.

“I’m so pleased that we’re leading the way in Haringey, with local youth unemployment down by half since 2010.

“The apprenticeship event I held this year was full young and ambitious people looking to get into work. I’m glad that they have a better chance to find work now than they did before 2010.”