Pledge to get 60 young folk in work

A plan to tackle youth unemployment in Erewash by getting 60 young jobseekers into work in just four weeks has been revealed.

Starting next month, venues across the borough will host a programme of free seminars, jobs fairs and workshops in what is the first event of its kind in Erewash.

By October 5, the aim is to have 60 jobseekers, aged 18 to 24, in work, say organisers Erewash Strategic Partnership.

Partnership chairman Cllr Carol Hart, said: “This is a milestone festival for Erewash and has seen organisations and employers work together to provide a major jobs and training boost for our young people.

“There are events throughout the month and I would urge young people, parents and grandparents to look at what’s on offer and make the most of the opportunities.”

The 60 target for the initiative, called Opportunities for Erewash – Supporting People into Employment, marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Organisers are also looking for employers to take part, who will be pledging job vacancies over the four weeks.

There will be skills training, apprenticeship and work experience opportunities too.

The campaign starts on Wednesday September 5 with a jobs fair at the Novotel in Long Eaton where young people can speak to employers about jobs, careers and apprenticeships.

Other sessions will be led by organisations like the JobCentres, National Apprenticeship Service, Derby College, South Nottingham College and Groundwork.

Most events are in Ilkesto or Long Eaton and for some further afield there will be lifts provided.

Whether you are a young jobseeker or an employer looking to get involved, contact Rachel Fernandez at Erewash Borough Council on 0115 907 2244.

Keep an eye on the ‘Tiser and our website for forthcoming events.