Luciana Berger MP on Wavertree Jobs Fair

Wavertree MP Luciana Berger tells Dale Street News about an event she has helped organise with the city council to mark National Apprenticeship Week 

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This week is National Apprenticeship week, a week designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses right across the country. Last year as MP for Liverpool Wavertree, I held a number of listening events across the constituency so that residents could raise the issues that mattered most to them. I cover six wards: Kensington and Fairfield, Picton, Old Swan, Church, Childwall and Wavertree, and right across the constituency, jobs and unemployment was the top concern. Many people wanted to see more apprenticeship and other job opportunities made available – particularly for young people.

Following these meetings, I decided to organise a jobs fair to bring together jobseekers, employers and training organisations to help get people into work. The event will take place this Friday 15th March, at the Devonshire House Hotel, Edge Lane, between 10.00 and 4.00. I am delighted that partnering with Liverpool in Work; we have been successful in making Apprenticeships a centrepiece of what is on offer during this flagship week. More than 50 organisations and employers will be taking part, providing over 300 apprenticeship opportunities alongside 200 other jobs and vacancies. There will also be advice and guidance on training, childcare, and how to set up your own business.

I am very grateful for the support of the Mayor, Joe Anderson, and Cabinet Member for Employment, Cllr Nick Small. I have partnered with the Chamber of Commerce, Jobcentre Plus, Liverpool Community College and the National Apprenticeship Service to deliver the event. By working together to help residents identify job opportunities, and giving employers an opportunity to meet prospective staff quickly and directly we can really support both job seekers and businesses seeking to recruit.

We have had a fantastic response so far, and the number of people and organisations who want to get involved is growing by the day. Anyone who is interested in looking for work or training opportunities is welcome to come along. We have a wide range of opportunities available, both full and part time and they are in a huge variety of sectors. Even if you’re just thinking about employment, there will be something for you.

People I speak to locally are really keen to take advantage of opportunities that are available. I’m hopeful that the Wavertree jobs fair will be a great success and a real good news story in marking National Apprenticeship Week, and helping Liverpool residents get into work.

Luciana Berger is Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree

• Wavertree Jobs Fair is being held on Friday 15th March, at the Devonshire House Hotel, Edge Lane between 10.00 and 4.00. You can find out more by visiting www.wavertreejobsfair.co.uk or on Twitter @WavertreeJobs