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Wirral leading the way in helping young people find work
Job creators in Wirral are blazing a trail for the rest of the country when it comes to getting young people into work.
Figures show that 18-to-24 year olds this year accounted for 42% of all jobs secured by work programme providers in Wirral – seven per cent better than nationally.
And the borough also outperformed regional and national averages with one-in-six young people engaged in the work programme and achieving sustainable jobs, compared with one-in-seven nationwide.
Councillor Pat Hackett, Wirral Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The headline figures are excellent. Wirral is the lead authority on the City Region Unemployment Task Force that is pledged to cut unemployment for half over the next three years.
“We are well on the way to achieving this.
“We are looking for extra government funding to take in recommendations to make further inroads into the unemployment situation over the coming years.
One ‘reach out’ scheme to help people get back into work is to provide experts to sit down with them in their own homes to provide a unique way of assistance to them.”
This month Wirral Council are offering a minimum of 50 new apprenticeship places with local businesses.
It will work in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, work programme providers and the National Apprenticeship Service.
And the Cabinet Office has written to city regions inviting competitive submissions for a share of an estimated £50m budget for innovative proposals to support young people into work this financial year.
The European Council is also giving high priority to tackling youth unemployment across member states and has allocated 3bn euros to youth employment initiatives to be matched against European Social Fund allocations for 2014-2020.
The UK allocation is around 200m euros and Merseyside is one of the areas eligible for funds.
Earlier this year the Big Lottery launched a £21.7m fund to support regeneration activities in coastal communities.
Wirral Council has been successful in the first round submission and has been invited to develop a competitive second round submission.
If successful it will lead to young people accessing sustainable, high demand jobs.
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