New strategy to get young into work

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Plans to tackle youth unemployment — including in Ilkeston — are being drawn up by Derbyshire County Council.

While the number of 16-to-17-year-olds without a job and not in education or training fell slightly this year, figures from May show around a third (2,675) of Derbyshire’s unemployed are aged 18-to-24, which is above the national average.

Councillor Joan Dixon,cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We want to build a strong economy in Derbyshire and provide a brighter future for our young people.

“We offer a wide range of support but we need to look at why youth employment is so high and find new ways to getting more young people into jobs. We’re working with employers to make sure youngsters are equipped with the skills they need to work in Derbyshire’s economy and we’re asking what employers need to create jobs and grow their businesses – such as grants to help small businesses create employment opportunities.”

The council has begun drawing up a Young People’s Strategy for Employment and Skills.