A programme aimed at helping young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment is being launched across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire.
Over £300k of funding from the Sheffield City Region (SCR) will be allocated to the two councils (£158,225 – BDC and £147,951 NEDDC) as part of their ‘Ambition’ scheme with the aim of supporting 157 young people who are claiming Job Seekers Allowance, or are identified as being at risk of becoming long term unemployed, into work.
The project will support these young people by agreeing an immediate job goal, providing support and coaching, helping them get work placements with local businesses and providing pre-employment training in the workplace.
Youth unemployment across the SCR has significantly increased since March 2008 and 8.3% of 18-24 year olds in the SCR were still claiming Jobseekers Allowance (figure correct as of July 2013).
Bolsover District Council Leader, Councillor Eion Watts said, “We have a problem with youth unemployment and one that we need to do something about. That’s why we have been looking at various funding pots and working with our partners to help those at risk of being long-term unemployed.
“The good thing about this project is that we will work with the young people, right from the outset and will continue to work with them for six months after they have found employment.”
A young person will be referred from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and will be allocated a Key Worker who will undertake an Individual Development Plan that will set out the persons goals and training needs.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “We all know that jobs are hard to come by these days, but this new funding will provide a lifeline to young people. It will not only help them prepare for and get into employment but will give them the self-esteem, confidence and skills that will prepare them for the workplace.
“A major benefit of this program is that the young people will continue to receive ongoing support from their Key Worker for six months after they find a job to make sure they remain settled and continue to identify ways of achieving their longer term job goals.”
Young people on the program will be on a work placement for 3 days per week and will spend 2 days a week in training gaining valuable employability skills. Once the training program has been completed, employers will be encouraged to employ the young person and access a Wage Incentive grant, but if this fails then intensive job search support will be provided by the Key Worker.
Both council's will work together to deliver the project and utilise the expertise in both councils to help support the Key Workers and ultimately the young people. For further information please telephone 01246 242302.
Date issued: 21 March 2014