This sort of response is totally un-credible Mims – you need to get the data!


The company I work for is on the small size which means that out of 13 people who work together, one of my colleagues and myself are the most likely to answer the phone. We regularly get calls from agencies that are gathering data and information for the Government on the prospect of new jobs and training for young people. The Government departments asking the questions are sometimes the BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and sometimes the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions). The DWP is very demanding in other settings when it comes to data that needs to be presented regarding who works and who retires and who does not work. Whilst the questions they call for on the questions by phone are not set out in a forceful way, they do demand a high level of information that the Government appears to expect us to have at our fingertips. It is therefore rather disturbing to read here that according to Mims Davies and presumably the rest of her team in DWP, they don’t know how many people have had work experience in their department in the last 3 years and how many of them were under 16. After all if the Government genuinely seeks to increase opportunities through “work experience, internships and apprenticeship schemes.” as expressed by Mims, it will never know if it has achieved this if there is no data available to measure the numbers in the first place!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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