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Join me, Mike Wood MP, as I discuss the issues important to people living and working in Dudley South.

Talking Dudley South with Mike Wood Mike Wood MP

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Join me, Mike Wood MP, as I discuss the issues important to people living and working in Dudley South.

    Taking young people off benefits

    Taking young people off benefits

    There’s just over a month left until the government Kickstart scheme ends. It is a fantastic scheme that takes young people off benefits and puts them into quality jobs. They are paid the minimum wage, they learn valuable skills that they can keep for life, and it is fully funded by government. So if you’re a local business, and you haven’t yet had a chance to look into it, please do. 

    I caught up with Aaron Atwal from Canal & River Trust and Dam Sood from The Indian Tavern at my recent jobs fair - they have both successfully taken on local young people as kickstarters and given them some incredible opportunities. And if you’re a business that’s participated in the scheme, or if you are a kickstart apprentice, get in touch, I’d like to hear from you!

    • 7 min
    JOBS JOBS JOBS!!!

    JOBS JOBS JOBS!!!

    I’m really pleased to report that Dudley and the West Midlands currently have more job vacancies than before the pandemic. And I’m talking about quality jobs that are offering quality training - in health, social care, hospitality, construction, the police, retail  - just about any sector you can think of. I recently held a busy and lively jobs fair at Merry Hill and spoke to some of the employers.

    • 8 min
    Delivering for Dudley's special needs pupils

    Delivering for Dudley's special needs pupils

    We have some excellent special needs schools here in Dudley such as Pens Meadow - I was proud to open their post-16 building 4 years ago. The issue now is that the school is spread across two sites which makes it difficult for the team to provide the care and education the children deserve. We are going to build a purpose built site that the kids deserve here at Tiled House Lane. Pleased to be joined in this episode by
    Headteacher Marie and Cllr Patrick Harley.

    • 10 min
    Pandemic money for Dudley

    Pandemic money for Dudley

    Spring is coming and things are slowly looking up. Over the past year we’ve spent millions on helping people, families and businesses get through the pandemic. Dudley Council have done a fantastic job and I'm pleased to be to be joined by Council Leader Patrick Harley and Cabinet Member for Finance Steve Clark in this episode. 

    • 10 min
    In conversation with Netherton C of E

    In conversation with Netherton C of E

    Our local schools are doing a fantastic job taking lessons online during this challenging time. I recently joined Netherton CofE virtually for a Q&A session and the teachers and pupils certainly put me through my paces! Listen to the full session in this episode. 

    • 18 min
    Rolling out Covid vaccines in Dudley

    Rolling out Covid vaccines in Dudley

    Dudley’s doctors and nurses and support staff are doing an incredible job in rolling out the vaccines locally. But they are still under a lot of pressure from Covid right now. Sara Davis is a matron heading up the local vaccine programme and Diane Wake is the Chief Executive of Dudley Group NHS Trust. They join me in this episode to explain their major vaccination efforts and what they are dealing with. We can help them by staying at home. 

    • 17 min

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