Friday, 19 September 2014
Welcome to this, my 154th news bulletin.
Next week will see the Crewe and Nantwich Jobs Fair return to Crewe Alexandra FC.
In the last year, the number of jobseekers in Crewe and Nantwich has actually dropped by 34.7 per cent, and whilst this is a very positive sign, there are still people out there we can help get into work.
That's why, in partnership with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and The Chronicle, I am organising another Jobs Fair, to be hosted at Crewe Alex next week from 10am on Thursday 25 September. This will be the third Jobs Fair, which is proving to be a successful annual event. More than forty local businesses and organisations have registered to attend, some for the first time, and all are offering jobs, apprenticeships or training opportunities.
Since the Government took office, the private sector has created over 2 million new jobs. 1.33 million of the jobs created have been full-time – three-quarters of the rise in employment. This month, within 10 miles of the centre of Crewe, there are over 5,500 jobs advertised. Increase that range to 20 miles and it's over 26,500. In Crewe and Nantwich 1,338 jobseekers were recorded in July 2014.
So the jobs are out there, and it's a question of matching the right skills and the right people to the right job.
That's what the Jobs Fair is here to help achieve. But it's not just a recruitment fair. We'll have people on hand to provide advice about the skills and training you need to make yourself competitive in the jobs marketplace, with workshops taking place throughout the day.
So I look forward to welcoming anyone who is looking for a job or a change of career, to the Jobs Fair on Thursday.
Edward Timpson MP
Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich and Minister of the Year
Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.
Locally, I have...
- Joined Bentley Motors apprentices and executives, at the official opening of the company's new apprenticeship training scheme at South Cheshire College.
- Celebrated the opening of this year's Nantwich Food and Drink Festival, (pictured, right) which this year attracted tens of thousands of visitors over its three days.
- Presented certificates at Nantwich Library to some of the avid readers aged 4 to 11, who completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge.
- Held the first of my Autumn 'On Your Street' surgeries on Parkers Road, Leighton. Having spoken to local people, I am taking up several issues about road works, apprenticeships and Crewe Station with the relevant authorities.
- Visited Weaver Primary School in Nantwich to celebrate the launch of universal free school meals for all pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 2.
- Held two of my regular advice surgeries at my office in Crewe. To make an appointment to speak to me about any issue or concern, please call my office, on 01270 501 725.
- Met with the organiser of a petition to preserve the former Cross Keys pub as a building important to Crewe's heritage, which has gathered more than 700 signatures from local people.
- Addressed members of the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Chamber's annual business luncheon.
The latest edition of my Westminster Report has been delivered across Crewe and Nantwich, with the latest news on jobs and employment, as well as the major infrastructure investment that is coming our way.
You can click here or on the image to read a copy online.
MP buoyed by job opportunities ahead of fair
Crewe Chronicle: Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has said news on the employment front is good he prepares for this month’s jobs fair.
Mr Timpson is holding his third annual jobs fair at Crewe Alexandra’s stadium on Thursday, September 25.
“If you’re looking for work, now is a good time. Local unemployment and youth unemployment keep falling, and the number of opportunities keep increasing,” said the Conservative MP.
“The companies there will be advertising jobs and giving advice on a whole variety of different careers. There will also be information on apprenticeships training and education. Why not come along and see for yourself? You never know where it might lead!”
Mr Timpson said 74,000 businesses in the North West are already benefiting from the new employment allowance, which takes up to £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer. It means that a business could now hire someone on £22,400 a year without paying any employer national insurance at all.
"In total up to 1.25 million employers will benefit from the allowance, with 450,000 taken out of paying the tax on jobs altogether, " said Mr Timpson.
"Reducing tax on jobs means that employers can afford to employ more people, creating more jobs here in Crewe and Nantwich, with the regular pay packet and the peace of mind for the future that comes with it."
He added that to help small businesses take on apprentices, the Government is providing an extra £85 million for over 100,000 grants to employers, and from April next year employer's national insurance contributions for those under 21 will be abolished, making it easier for businesses to take on more young people.
"This week I opened Bentley's apprentice facility at South Cheshire College, seeing the benefits first hand," he said.
I visited The Weaver Primary School in Nantwich to talk to staff and pupils about free school meals. From the start of this term, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in schools across England are entitled to a free hot meal at lunchtime every day.
Crewe Bentley opens new training facility for apprentices at college
MP and Bentley bosses say this shows their commitment to Crewe and the young people of the area
Crewe Chronicle: Bentley Motors is gearing up for the future in Crewe by signing up the highest number apprentices in a decade at its new dedicated training facility at South Cheshire College.
Company chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer flew in for Monday’s opening of the apprenticeship workshop and classroom-based facility at the Dane Bank Road college.
The training centre will focus on strengthening core skills as the luxury car maker prepares for the introduction of its SUV in 2016 and future growth.
The programme will utilise the dual education system, a tailored method based on competence profiles with about 70% of time devoted to practical and 30% to theoretical learning within chosen areas in manufacturing. The college course will be combined with weekly practical session at the Pyms Lane plant.
Mr Durheimer said: “Today is an important milestone.
“We are not only welcoming our apprentices to Bentley, but introducing them to a new dedicated facility and a brand new apprenticeship approach, inspiring them to pursue rewarding careers in engineering and manufacturing.
“The foundation of future skills and knowledge comes from recruiting apprentices who will, long-term, become our skilled professional experts and for them the hard, but very rewarding, work starts now.
“This new facility, and the use of dual education and our skilled experts will offer invaluable experience throughout and a pathway to a structured future.”
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, who officially opened the new facility with the Bentley chairman, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn and to get experience that is of value in the real world. Having helped Bentley to secure a new university technical college recently, I am delighted that they are also continuing to invest in apprenticeships.”
He added: “This month their largest intake for over a decade will begin their training and will benefit from a new Bentley training facility and tailored curriculum. This is great news for young people in Crewe.”
Firm praises MP’s jobs fair after 10 new staff taken on
Crewe Chronicle: A Crewe-based company heaped praise on last year’s Jobs Fair organised by Edward Timpson after the accident management business took on 10 new applicants.
Representatives from Kindertons Accident Management said they prefer to hire people based on their personality and having face to face contact with prospective employees is crucial when finding the right candidates.
Human resources manager, Michael Lloyd, said: “We did it for the first time last year, a lot of the time we hire people based on their personality but looking through CV’s doesn’t always give you an idea of what a person is like, we actually employed 10 new staff members.”
Laura Miller, 28, who was offered a job six months after the Jobs Fair, said: “I had just come back from travelling and I had a qualification in HR, as soon as I went to the station I was drawn to Kindertons, after having a conversation with the HR manager he said they weren’t hiring, but he kept in contact with me over the next six months and I was offered the position in February.
“It can be quite mundane sat in front of a computer sending off your CV receiving rejection letter after rejection letter, so I think the Jobs Fair is a great way of showcasing your ability by giving employers a taste of who you really are.”
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is to host his third annual jobs fair at the Crewe Alexandra FC stadium on Thursday, September 25.
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