Employment Minister visits Brighton

Sarah Green December 9, 2014

Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven welcomed Employment Minister Esther McVey to Brighton today.

Employment Minister

THE MINISTER visited the Brighton Swimming Centre to meet with Swim UK, an organisation that offers free accredited coursed for unemployed people in areas like life guarding, customer services and food safety.

Swim UK also offers training and apprenticeships, with many employees having started out on the courses themselves.

Whilst in Brighton, the Minister also met with representatives from What’s Happening Magazine, which offers practical experience and CV building opportunities for people looking for work in the field of journalism and other fields.

Simon said: “It was great to have the minister come to Brighton to see some of the excellent work being done by organisations like Swim UK and What’s Happening Magazine in helping people find work.”

Recent statistics revealed that in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven the number of unemployed receiving Job Seekers Allowance has fallen by 1,256 claimants since the last election. This represents a fall of 47% since 2010. Youth unemployment has also fallen by 52% in the same period.

Esther McVey, added: “Simon is always championing Brighton in Parliament and I am grateful to him for inviting me to see for myself the work that is being done. On the day that the two millionth apprenticeship started it was fantastic to come down and meet some great organisations making a real difference in the city by offering practical assistance to those people looking for employment.”

Since 2010, some 2,700 apprenticeships have been undertaken in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven.

Paul Smith, Chief Executive of Swim UK, said: “We are immensely proud that the people who have completed courses with us here at Swim UK have a very good track record of finding employment and it was brilliant to be able to share our successes with the Minister, who was genuinely interested in our work.”