Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has worked to secure the reopening of the Amlwch job centre which closed last year during the first lockdown.
Although staff from the centre have provided an excellent virtual service through the pandemic, reopening the centre will make it easier for local people to access expert help when searching for work or training or looking to apply to the Government’s Kickstart initiative for young people.
Virginia spoke to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after local resident Keith Fitton contacted her with concerns the closed centre was hindering local job seekers finding employment.
DWP minister Guy Opperman came to the island to inspect and joined Virginia and Keith at the centre in Bull Bay Road yesterday to do a site visit and discuss the reopening.
“I’m really pleased the centre will reopen soon and that it can help local people find jobs and receive specialist advice,” said Virginia.
“This is really important as the island recovers from the pandemic. I am pleased to say there are job vacancies with HMRC now recruiting more than 200 for its new border facility at Holyhead.
“I would like to thank the DWP for listening and for the minister for coming to the island to ensure we get the centre reopening. This is the sort of action that makes a difference to communities like ours and it shows the UK government cares about Anglesey.
“Finally, I would like to thank Keith for bringing this to my attention so I could spring into action. He is a real local champion who cares about Amlwch.”
The minister added: “I am delighted to be in Anglesey and to visit Amlwch JobCentre Plus and work to ensure there is a reopening soon.
“Virginia was tenacious in making the case to myself and DWP and I am really pleased we are finding a solution.”
Keith said: “Virginia did exactly what she said she would do to make sure this job centre is to reopen again. It will make a difference to how Amlwch residents can access this help to find work and training.”
The centre is being made Covid secure with new screens installed. It is due to re open soon.