Growth Conference with Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas hosts conference to create more skilled jobs in West Cornwall.

As part of his commitment to address the need for more skilled well paid jobs in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Derek Thomas hosted a Growth Conference at Penwith College last week.

Derek Thomas, the Conservative Prospective MP, welcomed business owners and community representatives from across West Cornwall to the conference and introduced an impressive panel of speakers. Julie Girling MEP, kicked off by emphasising how EU Convergence money must be used to create new skilled jobs. Pete Matthew, Director of Jacksons Wealth Management, talked of the possibility of using local wealth to invest in emerging businesses whilst Bryn Hackland, Director of Cornwall Cloud Services based at Goonhilly Earth Station, talked about the growth of the technology industry in this part of the UK. Derek Thomas, who also chaired the conference than challenged Martin Tucker, Director of Penwith College, with the task to ensure our workforce had the training and skills to meet the demands of new employment opportunities. Mr Tucker responded by demonstrating how Penwith College was developing bespoke training courses on behalf of employers and business leaders.

Derek than took questions from conference delegates and a number of ideas were discussed on how to increase the number of skilled and well paid jobs in West Cornwall.

Matt Hancock MP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, concluded the event with a commitment to listen to business leaders and local representatives and a commitment by the Conservative Party to continue to do what it can, in Government, to help Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to build a stronger economy.

Derek Thomas, who meets with Dr Sandra Rothwell, CEO of the Local Enterprise Partnership, to continue this discussion this week said, ‘’Addressing the need for more skilled and better paid jobs is the single most important thing an MP can do if we are serious about improving peoples quality of life and sharing wealth here in the far South West. Better wages will help to solve our housing problem and make our town centres more secure. I do not accept that we must remain a low wage economy and I am working hard to change things here in West Cornwall’’.

Derek Thomas
Prospective Conservative Member of Parliament
St Ives Constituency
Mobile: 07974 797754.