MPs from across the UK got the chance to see how social enterprises like Kibbleworks are helping give young people the chance of training and employment. The cross party Work and Pensions Committee were on a fact finding trip to The Experience in Hillington to hear first-hand about Kibble’s Youth Employment Support Programme.
The programme gives real life work experience in the hospitality sector as well as supporting young people in their search for longer term employment. Members of the committee heard about the concerns young people had with getting a job, changes to the welfare system and opportunities to fulfil their potential.
Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black, who is a member of the committee, had been keen to organise a visit to Renfrewshire as part of the inquiry into the barriers young people face in getting a job. As a Young Workforce Development Centre, The Experience was an ideal venue to find out more.
The Work and Pensions Committee will use the evidence that they have gathered as part of their inquiry to report on the problems young people face in gaining employment and to form recommendations for the Department of Work and Pensions.