I’m calling for more opportunities for local young people as part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to double the 1 million jobs we’ve already created in the private sector
27 September 2013
Local MP Jo Swinson is hailing the success of the East Dunbartonshire Jobs Fair held last Thursday in Kirkintilloch’s Southbank Marina. Over 100 people attended the fair organised along with Job Centre Plus to discuss how to boost jobs and growth in the area and find out what apprenticeships and other training opportunities are currently available.
Job Centre Plus outlined the programmes and opportunities they have on offer, as did representatives from the Commonwealth Games 2014, East Dunbartonshire Council and Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce. The event also had a practical focus with Aviva, Aroprint, Tell Training and East Dunbartonshire Council staging mock interview sessions and giving tips on how to apply for positions and write a compelling CV.
The event was held as part of the Liberal Democrat ‘A Million Jobs’ campaign ensuring that more businesses pledge to take on apprentices and create employment. The Liberal Democrat party has helped to create a million jobs since the General Election
Commenting Jo said:
“I am delighted the jobs fair was such a huge success.
“Local young people are keen to work hard and get out there to find opportunities that will lead to a better future. I often hear from business owners impressed by the dedication and drive of the young people on their team.
“Thank you to all the employers and training providers who took part and lent their support to those looking for work or wanting to try something new. It shows how committed businesses are to supporting the local economy.”
19 September 2013
Local MP Jo Swinson has teamed up with the Jobcentre Plus to run a jobs fair in East Dunbartonshire. The event will take place on 26 September from 10:30am-1pm at the Southbank Marina in Kirkintilloch. Jo and Jobcentre Plus are both keen to reduce unemployment in the constituency further and to get more people back into work.
Commenting Jo said:
“Creating more jobs and opportunities – particularly for young people – is currently top of the Liberal Democrat list of priorities.
“Any young or unemployed person in East Dunbartonshire who would like information on jobs or modern apprenticeships should come along to the fair on the 26th to find out more.
“It will be a great opportunity for people to get advice, make some contacts and hopefully secure a position to kick start their career.
10.45am: Welcome speech Jo Swinson MP
10.50am: Job Centre Plus presentation
11.00am: Commonwealth Games team presentation
11.10am: East Dunbartonshire Council presentation
11.20am: Dumbartonshire Chamber of Commerce presentation
11.25am: Q&A session/networking/refreshments
12-1pm: Breakout sessions
14 June 2013
We need more apprenticeships for Scotland – Jo
Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is urging the SNP Government to increase the number of apprenticeships created in Scotland. Jo’s call for more opportunities for local young people is part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to double the 1 million jobs the Coalition Government has already created in the private sector.
Jo wrote to the Scottish Government to outline the importance of ensuring young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed on the job market in light of Scotland falling behind England for businesses offering apprenticeships.
Commenting Jo said:
“The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped business create more than a million private sector jobs and now we’re working to create a million more. Apprenticeships are key to that.
“Modern apprentices not only provide young people with opportunities and careers, they are also a real help to businesses who take them on.
“The number of apprenticeships in Scotland is dropping, while numbers continue to rocket in the rest of the UK.
“Scotland can’t afford to fall behind England: we must do more for the next generation of school leavers and young people looking for work if we are going to create a strong economy on a fair society.
“That is why I am organising a challenge this summer as part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to double the number of businesses in the UK that offer apprenticeships. While this challenge may seem a tall order I know East Dunbartonshire will rise to the occasion!”
- Jo’s letter to Angela Constance is below:
Angela Constance MSP
Minister for Youth Employment
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh EH99 1SP
13 June 2013
The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped business create more than a million private sector jobs and are now working to create a million more. Apprenticeships provide young people with opportunities and careers they may not otherwise have had. They are key to increasing jobs and are one of the success stories of the Coalition Government.
Currently 14% of businesses offer apprenticeships in England compared to only 12% in Scotland and the number of apprenticeships in Scotland is continuing to fall which will only widen that gap. Scotland should not be falling behind England.
I’ve spoken to many employers who have taken on apprentices in the past. They all praise the contribution their apprentices have made to the business: they’re hard-working, keen to learn and full of new ideas and ambition.
I would be grateful if you could tell me what steps the Scottish Government is making to increase the number of apprenticeships in Scotland to ensure young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the job market.
Jo Swinson MP