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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Tynedale: £4.5m programme for young jobless

A RAY of hope for jobless youngsters in Tynedale has been beamed out from Northumberland County Council.

For the council has joined forces with four other councils in the region to win a £4.5 million slice of cash from central Government to help get more young people into jobs.

The consortium of councils from Northumberland, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, and North Tyneside put in a combined bid for a share of a £50m pot to increase employment opportunities for young people.

The cash will fund a three-year programme of activity, including a high profile campaign to encourage employers to give young people a chance in the workplace; a clear offer of support to all young people who are unemployed or not in education, employment or training for three months; and a tailor-made package of employment and training advice for candidates.

The programme, which will start in April, will work with around 11,500 young people aged 16-24, and aims to provide over 5,500 job opportunities.

Leader of Northumberland County Council Coun. Grant Davey, said: “Youth unemployment is a problem in Northumberland so this scheme will provide some real help for our young people.”