Working with today's youth to give them a better future
SINCE being in Westminster I have led the debate on careers advice and guidance in schools. It is an issue I feel strongly about.
Subjects and grades achieved are vital when it comes to getting a job, but so too are character types and personality traits.
Having run my own business and employed staff, as well as employing people for large corporate organisations, it is frequently these character types: focus, determination, persistence, as well as being a team player, that will ultimately determine if the applicant gets the job.
Last year, I wrote and distributed for free across Merseyside an inspirational careers book for Wirral school girls called If Chloe Can.
My book caught the attention of the National Youth Theatre and so this summer I'm working with them to turn it into a play which will go on tour to help girls right across the country.
I am writing the play along with two young female playwrights and the first production of the tour will be at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, this October. This is a huge amount of work and I'm thrilled to be working with so many young people.
Last year, single-handed, I met with 5,000 girls across Wirral and Merseyside, meeting pupils in groups of 50 to 100. As a play, this message can now get to 500 to 1,000 pupils each production in some of the hardest to reach areas across the UK.
Summer recess might be a break from Westminster but it's a time for MPs to pursue important issues in the constituency and beyond.