January Fellowship roundup
As 2019 begins, we have kickstarted the year with a variety of visits – from power stations to prisons – as ever, working to ensure that parliamentarians continue with their unique educational programmes to gain a better understanding of what is happening in industry.
Charities and communities
Susan Elan Jones MP, chair of the APPG for Charities and Volunteering, is expanding her knowledge of the sector through her fellowship. She has visited and met with several charities, NGOs and businesses and is interested in how they can work together to support local communities.
On 18 January she met with We Mind the Gap, a charity based in Wrexham, close to her constituency in Clwyd South. The charity provides paid traineeships for disadvantaged young women, equipping them with the skills, experience and support to help them into work.
Susan, who was a charity fundraiser for 15 years before becoming an MP, spent her visit discovering how the organisation, created by communications outsourcers Moneypenny, works with businesses local to the communities they are based in to provide placements and other support to the young women on their employability schemes.
Just getting warmed up
Labour MP Nic Dakin visited Cadent Gas in Hinkley on 24 January 2019. Nic, through his IPT Fellowship, is learning about the UK’s energy sector. He is specifically looking at renewables but also has a keen interest in the skills the sector requires to be successful.
The energy industry has a major impact on the lives of those in Nic’s constituents in Scunthorpe and beyond, who rely on it to keep their lights on and houses warm. Nic was able to learn about the scale of the operation required to keep energy flowing, from coastal terminals to homes and businesses.
With climate change reports warning we need to reduce our carbon output to create a more sustainable world and the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy outlining its proposed approach to a low-carbon future, there is great onus on energy companies to lead the way to produce greener energy. Nic, who has a particular interest in the future of energy, learned about the low-carbon alternatives to natural gas – including bio-methane, a gas made from food and household waste – being explored by Cadent.
Nic chairs the Skills and Employment APPG and is keen to explore what energy companies are doing to create a skilled workforce and a sustainable talent pipeline. He met with an intern who joined Cadent through its EmployAbility scheme: a programme that focusses on getting students and graduates with all disabilities into the workplace.
This visit will be followed up by another to Cadent’s site in Scunthorpe, Nic’s constituency.
Other visits in January
Susan Elan Jones MP for Clwyd South also visited KPMG
Huw Yardley, Committee Clerk, visited Alzheimer’s Research UK
Baroness Bloomfield visited Drax
Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East visited HMP Thameside, a prison run by Serco