My pre-politics career was spent running charities that help disadvantaged young people across the country with education and employment opportunities. Before becoming a Minister, I was the Chair of the Social Mobility APPG. 

In 2022, I started a campaign to lean on companies and other organisations to provide work experience placements to young people at local state schools in the constituency after the pandemic  significantly reduced work experience placements as more people worked from home, yet they are vital - particularly for disadvantaged young people who lack connections and need to develop the skills employers look for. I asked schools to put forward the young people - ensuring at least some are from disadvantaged backgrounds - and I matched them to employers. I was delighted that we secured over 40 offers of placements with many employers across the constituency taking part including Hachette UK, Rebellion, Astroscale, ELS and Oxford Sigma.

I was happy to lead by example and have hosted many local young people for work experience in my Parliamentary office throughout my time as an MP. In 2023, I welcomed local young people to do work experience in my office for every single month that Parliament was sitting. 

In 2023, I hosted an Apprenticeship Fair in Didcot which featured many local and national employers and welcomed 400+ local young people from schools across the constituency to understand the apprenticeship opportunities available to them.

I am also very proud as Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing to be overseeing the largest ever investment into childcare. This means that by 2025, working parents will be able to claim 30 hours of free childcare a week from when their children are 9 months old until they start school. 

You can see more about my campaign by clicking on the links below. 

News

David's Herald article on reforming the SEND system

Before I became Children’s Minister, parents and teachers being unable to get the support they needed for children with special educational needs (SEND) in Oxfordshire was one of the top casework issues that I was written to about – alongside housing and planning issues.

David's Herald article on childcare

Now that I am the Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing, one of the things I have responsibility for is overseeing the Government’s big new expansion in childcare for parents.

David hosts successful Apprenticeship Fair in Didcot

There was a real buzz at my Apprenticeship Fair today in Didcot - nearly 400 people from local schools and the local area passed through the doors and had great conversations with some great employers.