Job club praised for its efforts

Andrew Pakes, left, and Emily Darlington, right, invited Labour's Shadow Employment Minister, Stephen Timms, to  visit one of the job club events
Andrew Pakes, left, and Emily Darlington, right, invited Labour's Shadow Employment Minister, Stephen Timms, to visit one of the job club events

Labour’s General Election candidates say the example of a Milton Keynes job club should be rolled out in the wider region.

Milton Keynes Executives Action (MKEA), offers networking opportunities and training to out of work professionals so they can return to employment or start businesses.

Andrew Pakes and Emily Darlington invited Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister, Stephen Timms, to visit one of the job club events so he could see first-hand the work they are doing.

He heard from job club members about their ideas about welfare reform and how we can best tackle unemployment and get professionals back on the payroll.

Emily Darlington, candidate in Milton Keynes North, said:“The MKEA members are all experienced professionals who have a lot to offer and they also desperately want a job. Luckily they are getting the targeted training and tailored support that they need but so many aren’t and that means employers and jobseekers are losing out.”

Andrew Pakes, in Milton Keynes South, said: “The MKEA is an excellent example of community enterprise fulfilling a role where Job Centre Plus and the Work Programme are failing. The Government should be looking to practical solutions like this.”