Gary Sambrook writes for the Standard.
OUR CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak did a great job protecting people’s incomes in the pandemic – from the use of the furlough scheme to temporary grants for hospitality and retail.
But, now as we recover we’ve got to get people back into work with our plan for jobs.
Here in Birmingham Northfield, we have an unemployment problem.
For years our area has lagged behind the nation in terms of the number of people in work. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this worse.
As our country recovers, I am determined to make sure Birmingham Northfield does too.
Everyone who can work should have the security of a pay packet. That’s why I have been teaming up with the Department for Work and Pensions, JobCentres, and South and City College to get people back into work.
On November 13, between 11am and 3pm, at Bournville College in Longbridge, we will be hosting a Jobs Fair for local people.
We will have a wide array of opportunities from new training courses for people who want to change careers to jobs ready to go. The Government’s Kickstart Scheme for young people, which I have seen first-hand working well locally, will also offer opportunities.
In my election vows, I pledged to hold jobs fairs and to help people get the jobs they need. Part of this is creating new jobs in our area.
I have been working closely with Government and Mayor Andy Street to secure investment into places like the West
Works in Longbridge which will see a new business park built bringing thousands of jobs to the area.
I am also working on a bid to regenerate parts of Northfield high street which will further help reach this goal.
So please do come along and see what opportunities are out there!