MP Halfon welcomes latest unemployment figures

Politics / Fri 18th Apr 2014 at 10:01am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the latest unemployment figures for Harlow which show the number of people out of work in the town is 1.5 per cent lower than it was in May 2010.

The number of unemployed claimants in the Harlow constituency in March this year was 1,930 – four per cent of the 16-64 aged group considered “economically active”.

The number of claimants is 690 lower than in March last year and 110 fewer than in February this year.

Mr Halfon said: “This is good news. In Harlow there are 110 fewer people unemployed than in February and unemployment is 690 lower than in March last year.

“There is still a long way to go however the strong figures at least show the Government’s welfare, economic and tax reforms to help businesses and lower earners are making a real difference.”

Mr Halfon – who is a champion of apprentices and apprenticeships – has also welcomed statistics that show the number of apprenticeships being offered in Harlow has increased by 82 per cent in the past year.

This week Mr Halfon visited the new Sir Charles Kao University Technical College – the new pre-apprentice Technical School that will open in Harlow in September next year.

The building‎, at Harlow College, will offer free, state-of-the-art technical education to hundreds of local students aged 14 to 19.

Mr Halfon said: “I have a passion for vocational education and worked hard for over two years to persuade the Government to invest in a UTC for our town.

“The new UTC is funded with up to £10m from the Department of Education. It will offer students a vocational education on the field of medical technology that is second to none. At present it is one of only 26 UTCs around the country.

“None of this would have happened without the strong support and sponso‎rship of Harlow College, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Anglia Ruskin University and a number of businesses.

“I think this UTC will be one of the most exciting things to happen in Harlow for a generation.

“When it is up and running, this new school will transform the lives and opportunities of thousands of young people.”

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