A QUESTION Time-style event which aims to review the support available for  Wirral's young unemployed young people will be held later this week.

A specially-invited audience of young people, businesses and other stakeholders will get the chance to question employment experts about the services available during the session at Wallasey Town Hall on Friday. The event runs from 10am to 12 noon.

The 'question time' panel will include representatives from Jobcentre Plus, Connexions, Merseyside Colleges Association, Greater Merseyside Learning Provider Federation and Work Programme Providers.

The session will be chaired by Kevin Adderley, Wirral Council’s Interim Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment.

The event was organised by Liverpool City Region’s Youth Unemployment Taskforce. It was set up by the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board and led by Wirral cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy Cllr Pat Hackett and Sue Riley, district manager of Jobcentre Plus.  

Cllr Hackett said: "The Liverpool City Region Employment & Skills Board wanted to gain a fresh perspective on youth unemployment and invited Wirral to support a Task Force of young people and businesses to look at the issues.

"I have been working with the Task Force over the last few months and this event will give us the opportunity to question local employment experts on what support is out there for them. We will be making our recommendations to the Board in February."

The Taskforce has already conducted a number of surveys to gather the views and experiences of young people, businesses and stakeholders from across the city region and is now focusing on examining the services that are available for young jobseekers and businesses.

For more information, contact Beverley Staniford, Economic Policy Officer for Wirral Council by telephone on 0151 691 8166 or by email at beverleystaniford@wirral.gov.uk.