Lynne Featherstone writes… One Million Jobs

International Development minister Lynne Featherstone writes a monthly column for one of her local newspapers. Here is the latest one…..

Campaigning on the doorstep - Lynne FeatherstoneThe Liberal Democrats in Government have helped businesses create over one million jobs. Now we are working to create one million more!

Work is so important to individuals and families in the UK. It pays the bills, gives us purpose and fulfilment, and provides security for our long term futures.

I was so happy when I got my first job with a small design and advertising company in the West End – and my first pay packet. I remember feeling so grown up as I caught the tube to work along with the rest of the world. That sense of a daily somewhere to be and something to do has always been incredibly important to me – as it is to everyone.

Work is particularly important for young people leaving school or university. I regularly visit schools in the local area – and am always so pleased to see youngsters with such ambition and enthusiasm. We should be doing all we can to give them the best chance to succeed – which will benefit our economy too.

But – it’s not long since youth unemployment was rising fast under Labour, leaving so many young people without the opportunity to get on in life.

That’s why creating more jobs – particularly for young people – during these tough economic times is top of the Lib Dem’s list of priorities.

The million jobs we have helped create span a number of different industries. We’ve supported industries such as manufacturing by investing £5.5bn extra into science, high-tech manufacturing and renewable energy – in turn creating thousands of new jobs. £15.3bn has been invested into creating building jobs, which will improve Britain’s roads, railways and housing.

Our strategy is working. On top of the million more private sector jobs, youth unemployment is down. Here in Hornsey and Wood Green, youth unemployment has fallen by over a quarter from May 2010 to now.

Overall unemployment in the constituency is also down from 5.2% to 4.5%.

That means hundreds more people in this constituency have been employed since the Lib Dems entered the Coalition Government!

There has also been great success with apprenticeships. In Hornsey and Wood Green alone, 530 new apprenticeships have been created – so now there are three times as many apprentices as 2010!

In order to create a million more jobs for a stronger economy, we are turning our attention to these apprenticeships, and looking to continue the great work. In short – we want to double the number of businesses that take on apprentices.

I am planning on holding an event in the constituency, which will attempt to match up potential employers with apprentices, helping more of our local youngsters get in to work.

Everyone can get involved in this. Just visit the campaign website at www.amillionjobs.org to register your support for our national campaign for more apprenticeships, and to find out more information.

* Lynne Featherstone was the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green from 2005 to 2015, and served as a minister in both the Home Office and Department for International Development. She is now a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and blogs at www.lynnefeatherstone.org.

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5 Comments

  • A Social Liberal 30th Jun '13 - 10:08pm

    Is that 1 million jobs based on zero hours contracts? Is that 1 million jobs where a significant proportion are part time jobs? Apprentices – do they all carry out training for two years and get all the skills they need to carry out a proper trade?

  • Mike Barnes 1st Jul '13 - 5:32am

    “But – it’s not long since youth unemployment was rising fast under Labour”

    But youth unemployment is now higher than it was when we kicked Labour out. It was 19.6% in June 2010 and it has risen since then, it peaked in 2011, you know, straight after you got rid of the Future Jobs Fund.

  • Search ‘One million jobs’ on google and you will find umpteen articles, most of which debunk the idea that a million private sector jobs have been created. Its all arguable depending on what you start with, what the definitions are etc; but what I find most sad is that this all started with Cameron – and like little puppy dogs its been enthusiastically put forward by Lib Dem spokespeople without any critical analysis. or worse of all all. a simple check – ask anybody at the moment whether it really feels like a million jobs have been created… as one of those forced into a private sector job with worse pay and conditions and now on part time hours than the previous public sector role I know what my answer is…..am I supposed to be grateful for the creation of that private sector job? How sad to see the party stoop to this.

  • If you are going to lie why not just make it 1 trillion jobs?

  • It is rather disingenuous to wax lyrical about your first pay packet when a large number of these “jobs” are not jobs at all but workfare placements.

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