Midland MP Richard Burden has launched a major action plan to get young people into work after new figures showed a ‘shocking’ rise in unemployment in the area.
Mr Burden, Labour MP for Northfield since 1992, revealed the scale of the jobs crisis facing youngsters in his constituency – and attacked the Government over its approach to joblessness.
The MP said: “It’s shocking that there are 295 young people in the Northfield area who have been without a job for over 12 months. In 2009 this number was 20.
The Government’s failed economic plan is robbing our community of aspiration and prosperity.
“As last week’s Spending Review and economic revisions have shown we continue to lack the urgent growth and investment needed to provide sustainable economic growth. I am launching a new project to make a difference locally.
“I have been speaking to local people and businesses over the past few months about how to tackle the jobs crisis.
“There are some great new economic developments and educational initiatives emerging in Birmingham – but unfortunately they are failing to meet the needs of our area.”
Shilpi Akbar, Birmingham City Council’s Assistant Director for Employment Development, said: “Partnerships are crucial for tackling unemployment and ensuring that we build the right skills to support growth.
“Supporting a local forum that brings businesses and the community together to capture local job opportunities is an important part of the council’s commitment to improve employment access across the city.”
Norman Cave, the Principal of Bournville College of Further Education, which is hosting the partnership’s planning meeting, said: “The area is brimming with energy and talent.
“At Bournville we are committed to working with employers and the local community to build the skills and knowledge necessary for local jobs and growth.
“That is why the college is proud to support the project.”