NOTE: This content is old - Published: Sunday, Nov 6th, 2011.
Vital experience being provided by a Caia Park organisation is helping people gain invaluable new skills according to Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.
But he has expressed concerns that the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed new Work Programme is not recognising the good work being done in Wrexham despite a recent visit by ministers to the town.
Mr Lucas visited the Caia Park Partnership last week to see the work being done by enterprises such as Caia Crafts and WREX recycling.
He said: “There are many interesting commercial enterprises offering people opportunities to gain skills. These skills are both useful in themselves and in providing experience for further employment opportunities.
“The enterprises being run under the umbrella of the partnership are a diverse range and we should be proud to have such an organisation in Wrexham.
“I was concerned to hear during my visit, however, that despite the good work being done at the partnership, the Government’s Work Programme has no links to the organisation. This appears to be because of the private sector provider the Government has chosen for its programme.
“It is ironic that ministers came to Wrexham to outline the effect of the Work Programme in Wales only recently, yet ignore the excellent work being done to provide employment opportunities here.”