Theo Clarke MP for Stafford recently met with a Stafford College graduate who is now working as an apprentice in Stafford. Ms Clarke thinks that this is fantastic and she would like to encourage more businesses to provide employment opportunities in Stafford. Therefore, in the Chamber of the House of Commons, Ms Clarke raised with Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions, the importance of increasing job opportunities for young people in Staffordshire as well as support for Stafford job centre. Theo Clarke MP continues to champion levelling up in Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
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Theo Clarke MP for Stafford:
“Last Friday, I was very pleased to see a young apprentice at a local Staffordshire engineering business whom I had met previously when she was studying at Stafford College. Will my hon. Friend explain what she is planning to do to help the jobcentre in Stafford and how the Government will provide more employment opportunities for young people in Staffordshire to help to level up the west midlands?”
Mims Davies MP Minister for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions:
“I know that my hon. Friend takes a strong interest in her Jobcentre Plus, as she updated me following her visit. I remind Members that since September 2020, our enhanced DWP youth offer has provided wraparound support for 18 to 24-year-old claimants, providing a 13-week tailored pre-employment course. I am pleased that Stafford JCP is hosting an interactive kickstart event tomorrow; our JCPs do that kind of event and engagement regularly.”