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Jobs boost for 16,000 young Brummies with £50m project

The money will be used to link under-30s to job opportunities and training in a bid to reduce joblessness among Birmingham's young people

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A major new initiative will aim to decrease youth unemployment in the city

A new £50 million project is being launched to get 16,000 young Brummies into work.

The money will be used to link under-30s to job opportunities and training in a bid to reduce joblessness among Birmingham’s young people.

Birmingham’s youth unemployment rate, although falling in recent years, is still 8.8 per cent, the highest among major UK cities, and the project will aim to make a significant reduction on that.

Expert advice and financial support will also be provided for employers dealing with trainees.

Youngsters will be guided towards training in growth areas for the local economy such as engineering, skilled manufacturing, computer coding, law, accountancy, catering and hospitality and life sciences.

There are also specific programmes targeted at those who have been most persistently unemployed.

Small businesses creating jobs will also get help with HR and administration.

The Youth Promise Plus project, to be delivered over three years, is being funded, for the most part, by £33 million from the Department for Work and Pensions through its Youth Employment Initiative and the European Social Fund.

Birmingham and Solihull councils, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, police commissioner and Prince's Trust are among organisations backing the scheme.

Birmingham City Council's Labour cabinet member for skills Coun Penny Holbrook said: "This is a massive coup for Birmingham. It is a sign of confidence in our ability to deal with youth employment.

"It shows the great partnership working we have in place with the DWP and everyone’s commitment to ensuring we tackle youth unemployment.

“The only way we can solve this problem and ensure the young people of Birmingham benefit from the growing economy is by working together as partners and a whole city.

“Youth Promise Plus delivered through DWP and ESIF funding is a key part of our strategy to reduce unemployment, train young people in the skills of the future and support the economy of Birmingham with a high skills level.”

A spokeswoman for the DWP said: “We are very keen to work in partnership with local authorities and businesses to tackle youth unemployment.”



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