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£1.2m programme to tackle youth unemployment in Leeds to launch

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A new fund looking to tackle long term unemployment among 18-24 years olds in Leeds will launch in March.

A new fund looking to tackle long term unemployment among 18-24 years olds in Leeds will launch in March.

Members of Leeds City Council’s Executive Board will be asked to agree the new 18-24 Head Start programme at its meeting today (Friday).

The government awarded the Leeds City Region - which includes parts of Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale - £4.6m at the end of 2013 to deliver the scheme to support young people into employment.

Leeds City Council will receive £1.2m of that to fund a local programme which will offer 800 people aged 18-24 years, who are furthest from the labour market and have been claiming jobseekers allowance for six months or more, the chance of a ‘head start’ into work through a supported work experience placement.

Head Start will build on the success of other programmes in the city which have offered young people the chance of real work experience opportunities and building confidence and key employability skills.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills, said: “Getting young people into work is a real priority for the council and it is great that we will be working with and supporting local businesses to ensure that young people can access new opportunities that will give them a new start.

“We have a number of very talented, job ready youngsters keen to get jobs, but in a market where there are at least four jobseekers to every vacancy it can be hard to find work without experience that demonstrates you have the ability to do the job.

“This new scheme will therefore allow us to continue to meet local business needs and offer unemployed young people, the additional help and support they may need.”

 

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