MP calls for Government to support training providers

Grahame Morris & Melissa Hammond.
Grahame Morris & Melissa Hammond.

EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris has called on the Government to do more to support training providers.

The MP praised the invaluable work of the East Durham Employability Trust during a visit to the employment charity.

We have a high quality, local training provider with expertise and a proven track record of success.

Grahame Morris

Based in Peterlee, the trust aims to help young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), to secure sustainable employment.

They offer real work experience through contracts with local organisations and their Destination Employment programme is an eight week work experience scheme providing young people with the skills required to move into the workplace.

In the past 12 months an unrivalled 94 per cent of candidates who have completed the Destination Employment programme have moved into sustainable employment, which equate to trust helping to get one person a week into work.

East Durham Employability Trust chief executive Bill Marley said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of someone with Grahame’s influence and importance. ”

The MP said: “The Employability Trust has been built up from nothing by Bill, who has used his local knowledge and expertise in the manufacturing and engineering industry to create a successful training route for young people to move into employment.

“Their success rate is extraordinary, and surpassed by none other. We need to highlight the work of the Employability Trust as an example of best practice, which can be replicated in other areas.”

However, Mr Morris said he is disappointment by the lack of assistance the Employability Trust has received from Government bodies tasked with supporting people into work.

He said: “We have a high quality, local training provider with expertise and a proven track record of success. However, funding support from the Department of Work and Pensions is inflexible and restrictive to such an extent that the Employability Trust have found it difficult to access support to develop and expand their training programme.”

“Instead, DWP would rather squander millions of pounds on an ineffective work programme which is failing to support local jobseekers to access training or find employment.”