Push to create 1,000 apprenticeships in 100 days in battle against jobless!

The local authority has teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service to create a fund offering grants of up to £3,000 to businesses for every 16-24 year old they take on and train.

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Source: birminghammail

City councillors have pledged to create 1,000 apprenticeships in the next 100 days in the battle against youth unemployment in Birmingham.

The local authority has teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service to create a fund offering grants of up to £3,000 to businesses for every 16-24 year old they take on and train.

Two initiatives, the 1,000 in 100 campaign and a Young Talent for Business scheme, are the first set up since Birmingham City Council pledge to get 3,000 young people off the dole within a year – particularly targeting those who have been without work the longest.

Council leader Sir Albert Bore has made tackling youth unemployment a priority for his Labour administration.

He said: “It is vital that when our young people leave school they are given as much support as possible to achieve their ambitions, find employment, learn new skills and help contribute to making Birmingham a powerful centre of employment and entrepreneurism – and we are doing everything we can to make the process as smooth as possible for employers to provide opportunities for the city’s young people.”

Now businesses in the city are being asked to get on board and increase the number of apprenticeships available.

Karen Woodward, of the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “Research that we have published recently clearly shows tangible bottom line benefits of employing apprentices.

“This, and the financial assistance currently available to employers, means that there has never been a better time to get involved in apprenticeships.”

Birmingham has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country with 10.7 per cent, or 15,000, under 25s currently out of work.

In some inner-city areas a quarter of young people are drawing dole.

In January the council launched a youth employment fund with £2 million from neighbourhood budgets, promising to boost that to £15 million with national apprenticeship grants and a Lottery fund bid.

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