Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has today launched a Local Jobs for Local People campaign to make the very best of the freeport, green energy and Levelling Up opportunities on the island.
Virginia said that local people were concerned that investment through the freeport and a possible new nuclear plant would lead to people coming to the island for the jobs and that local people might not benefit.
The MP has vowed to ensure that those who invest at the freeport or at Wylfa will sign up to her commitment that jobs will go to local people.
She will also work with colleges and businesses to ensure apprenticeships and relevant training are available.
“I have listened to islanders when they have spoken about their fears people will come from elsewhere and take jobs as we attract investment to our island,” she said.
“I agree that the new freeport I helped secure, that our £17 million from the government’s Levelling up Fund and my campaign to bring new nuclear to Wylfa will mean much less if islanders, their children and their grandchildren do not receive a share of the jobs or training opportunities they will bring.
“Of course, some work will have to come from off the island but I think it needs to be at the forefront of companies’ recruitment policies that islanders are given the chance to have the high paid jobs that will allow them to stay here on Ynys Môn, buy a home, raise their families and protect the Welsh language.
“I speak and meet so many companies who are interested in investing here as I drive jobs and investment as the island’s MP. I always make the case that they will need to recruit locally but from now on I will be asking them to publicly commit to doing so whenever it is possible.
“We have already seen how this can work with Stena committing to using local companies in the ground clearance and demolition of the old Anglesey Aluminum site ahead of the freeport.
“The £17 million Levelling Up money is also starting to transform Holyhead alongside match funding. Island Bakes, Môn Ice, Cuffed-in Coffee and Anglesey Hamper Company will take up residence in the Newry shelters once they are refurbished. All locally based companies who will prioritise employing local people. Something I commend them for.”
The MP added: “These are better days for our island but it is absolutely vital we make the most of the opportunities for islanders and that means Local Jobs for Local People – it’s as simple as that.”
Vicky Duffy from Island Bakes added: “The project is going to have a huge impact on the area creating more jobs for local people and allowing four small businesses to expand. This in turn will have a knock-on effect across the wider community as we all use as much locally sourced produce as possible.
“I’m really grateful to Virginia, Holyhead Town Council and the county council for the work they have put in to secure the LUF, and I’m ecstatic that Island Bakes will be part of it.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming local people and visitors from around the world, and playing a part in getting the area thriving again.”