Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Employment news in Stoke Park and Why I am thrilled on Ben Gummers new position.

With my working day job hat on, one of the things I do as a trainer and performance coach is work with potential NEETs in Suffolk schools. I show them how to do a great CV and how to look for jobs in the hidden market (most jobs are not advertised).

Well before this stage I also do motivational talks and help young people with revision techniques, goal setting and aspirational thinking. Parents hire me to do one to ones, and schools with appropriate funding also use my services. It is one of the reasons I love my job so much.

So employment figures really interest me and educating children on how to present themselves to potential employers is also a top priority. The amount of help needed hits both ends of the scale and there will be some young people that are just not employable at this moment in time and need more help. There are also some that lack confidence or have limiting beliefs and I suspect this is the bigger proportion

But there is some good news for Ipswich.

1) Ben Gummer has been appointed as PPS to Michael Gove MP

2) Unemployment is DOWN in my ward Stoke Park, since last month, from 246 to 241. Percentage of unemployed 16-64 in my ward is 5.2% down from 5.3% last month.
Unemployment is DOWN in the Ipswich Parliamentary Constituency since last month, from 2,975 to 2,860. Percentage of unemployed 16-64 in Ipswich Parliamentary Constituency is 4.1% down from 4.3% last month.

This really is a step in the right direction.

For the 241 in my ward - you are not forgotten by me, I promise you that, and I will be having a word in Ben's earlike at my earliest opportunity.


  1. Anonymous-Suffolk17 October 2013 at 06:46

    Can you please explain how Ben Gummer being appointed as PPS to Michael Gove MP is a good thing.

  2. Hi Anonymous. Not sure where you're coming from with this question. I can presume that you do not consider it a good thing so I may answer your question or I may not. I can only reply in the way I meant it in my post above which is this.
    I came into politics because at the time 7 years ago, crime was on the up and people in Stoke Park were starting to see a rise in anti social behaviour, albeit not always reported. So this is where my first passion truly lies. But second to that is education which is why some of my business is coaching and training young people. Before this role Ben G was in International development and PPS to Alan Duncan. As important as this is, it is not one of my passions and I'm happy to let others, more knowledgeable than I, have an input there. Education is more 'my thing' and Ben shares the same ethos as I ie Suffolk schools need to be more aspirational for the children, no-one should be written off, there's more than one or two types of intelligence, more apprenticeships, I could go on. I have more of an insight and I believe that Ben will be very dedicated to this role, has already worked very hard to secure funds for the school in my ward, bringing Gove here many months ago. I believe they have a good relationship. Ben, like Gove, is very clever but Ben will bring more of a human touch to schools and has an understanding of people that perhaps Gove is yet to learn (someone once said to me that Gove is so clever that he doesn't understand what its like to struggle at school - this could be the case, I don't know, but its an interesting point). Ben is a peoples person and will do a good dedicated job. if it takes him away from Ipswich, i will be one of the first to tell him but I don't think that will happen. He can do both. Now over to you. Much better forum for this discussion than Streetlife, dont you think?!