MPS paid a visit to a swimming pool which offers free courses, training and apprenticeships to unemployed people.

Employment Minister Esther McVey and Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby were at Brighton Swimming Centre to see Swim UK, which trains people in lifeguarding, customer services and food safety.

As well as Swim UK, the Government minister met with representatives from What’s Happening Magazine, which offers experience for people looking for work in journalism.

Ms McVey said: “Simon is always championing Brighton in Parliament and I am grateful to him for inviting me to see for myself the work that is being done.

“On the day that the two millionth apprenticeship started, it was fantastic to come down and meet some great organisations making a real difference in the city by offering practical assistance to those people looking for employment.”

Recent statistics revealed that in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven the number of unemployed receiving Job Seekers Allowance has fallen by 1,256 claimants since the last election.

This represents a fall of 47% since 2010.

Youth unemployment has also fallen by 52% in the same period.

Paul Smith, chief executive of Swim UK, said: “We are immensely proud that the people who have completed courses with us here at Swim UK have a very good track record of finding employment and it was brilliant to be able to share our successes with the Minister, who was genuinely interested in our work.”