It was great to meet with Nikki Coles, Amanda Perkins and other staff at Learn Direct in Chippenham this week for their Open Day. It was brilliant to see the work they do trying make sure that everyone has an opportunity to get back into employment.
The Chippenham constituency has a very low rate of unemployment, however the percentage of those who are long term unemployed is proportionally high compared to other areas. This is something that I have raised in the chamber of the House of Commons with the Department of Work and Pensions. Learn Direct are helping to combat this along with a number of other local organisations so it was useful to see this firsthand.