Birmingham MP Clare Short will tomorrow see first-hand why a Government-funded employment initiative - run by Pertemps Employment Alliance - is claiming enormous success in finding jobs for local people.

The MP for Ladywood has been invited to visit the Working Neighbourhoods pilot based in Newtown Advancement Centre.

The centre has recently been given a £500,000 refurbishment, funded by PEA, to provide a one-stop employment and advice facility.

The former International Development Secretary will be greeted at the complex at Newtown Shopping Centre by Pertemps People Development Group chief executive Colin Birchall.

The centre provides clients with employment advice and guidance, micro-finance support for business start-ups and on-line learning. Other facilities include the Birmingham Credit Union, a creche, internet cafe, community bistro and a healthy living centre.

Mr Birchall said: "Pertemps Employment Alliance is justifiably proud of the success being achieved in enabling people to return to the workplace. We want Ms Short to experience the enthusiasm and commitment our staff demonstrate.

"The success of the Welfare to Work initiative in Aston, Newtown and Hockley is the most effective of all the 12 nationwide pilots."