Mohammad Asghar, Assembly Member for South East Wales today met with Geraint Williams, Jobcentre Service Leader for South East Wales and Sue Harris, Jobcentre Partnership to hear about current and future projects that aim to boost employment in South Wales East.
Mr Williams explained that some Jobcentre employees are now completing outreach work, with the aim of helping those who may be too intimidated to ask for help at their local Jobcentre. Mr Williams explained that one such area of outreach work involves visiting local schools to highlight what work is available in the local area, giving direction to those who will soon be leaving school and helping them to think about what transferable skills they will need.
Mohammad Asghar said:
“I was very impressed to hear of the current and future projects that are being developed to help boost employment and get people back into work. Under the UK Conservative Government, unemployment rates have fallen to their lowest levels in almost 45 years but there is still much more that can be done, especially in Wales.
I was particularly heartened to learn about the plans that are in place to help people gain employment, potentially for the first time. I strongly believe that employment gives a sense of purpose and as an advocate for inclusion, I am very pleased to hear about the Jobcentre’s plans to increase the number of employers signing up to their ‘Disability Confident’ Scheme and to make more employers inclusive of the LGBT community.
A big barrier to employment in Wales can be the cost and availability of Transport. This visit has further increased my determination to get a resolution to the poor transport we have in Wales so that this can no longer be a barrier to employment“.