Mak­ing more of work ex­pe­ri­ence

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NICK HURD MP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Ruis­lip, North­wood & Pin­ner BRYAN TOMLINSON Che­viot Close Har­ling­ton M COXON Wil­ton Close Har­mondsworth

I AM writ­ing to ask for your read­ers help on a con­stituency project – es­pe­cially if they have chil­dren or young rel­a­tives who are over 16.

I want young peo­ple in the area to have the best pos­si­ble prepa­ra­tion for the world of work. That should in­clude the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess high qual­ity work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments and ac­cess to good ca­reer ad­vice.

I am not sure that we are where we need to be in terms of equal op­por­tu­nity. To test that in­stinct, I am con­duct­ing a sur­vey of young peo­ple in the area to get their view on what is avail­able to them. If the pic­ture that emerges is not good enough, I want to do some­thing about it.

It is a very sim­ple on­line sur­vey, and I would be grate­ful for any help that res­i­dents can give me in bring­ing it to the at­ten­tion of lo­cal young peo­ple who are over 16.

They can ac­cess it through www. sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/Work ex­pe­ri­encesur­veyNick­Hur­dMP PR Dept has no right to speak on our be­half.

We can eval­u­ate the pros and cons of Heathrow in­creas­ing flights by 260,000 per year and the im­pacts of more Heathrow traf­fic con­ges­tion and more Heathrow deadly pol­lu­tion, es­pe­cially diesel air freight trucks.

We all un­der­stand the dam­age that Heathrow noise suf­fer­ing does to the ed­u­ca­tion of young minds that have in­ter­rupted sleep and lack of fo­cus in lessons.

Th­ese chil­dren will be­come Heathrow’s next poorly ed­u­cated low wage work­force.

Our chil­dren suf­fer from ex­or­bi­tant rents and house prices as ev­ery house close to Heathrow is pur­chased by land­lords that turn fam­ily homes into bed­sits hous­ing Heathrow’s low wage work­force.

When I first started work­ing at Heathrow 35 years ago Heathrow was an air­port to be proud of.

Now Heathrow is just an­other low wage for­eign com­pany ex­pect­ing Bri­tish tax­pay­ers to sub­sidise low wages, and Hilling­don res­i­dents to pick up their rub­bish. ef­fect on May 26 this year.

This is in re­gard to fly-graz­ing in England. Un­der the new leg­is­la­tion author­i­ties can take ac­tion af­ter four days rather than the pre­vi­ous two week min­i­mum.

If an owner does not come for­ward the landown­ers and lo­cal author­i­ties can re­home the horse to char­i­ties in­stead of sell­ing them at pub­lic auc­tion.

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