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WOLVERHAMPTON: £3m scheme to get young into work approved

WOLVERHAMPTON: £3m scheme to get young into work approved

Photo: Local Democracy Reporting Service.

A new £3m scheme to get people aged 18-24 into long-term employment in Wolverhampton has received the backing of city councillors.

A meeting of full council last night saw the Wolves at Work scheme being given the go-ahead.

In a report to members, deputy chief executive Mark Taylor said: “The launch of a new Wolves at Work 18-24 programme is a series of targeted interventions which puts our young people at the centre of activity and urgently delivers the change needed to give them the opportunities for secure sustainable employment, apprenticeships, education or training.

“An initial £3 million budget, which comes from a combination of the Recovery Reserve and Covid Emergency Grant, has been agreed to  deliver this programme and create opportunities for our young people.”

The impact of the pandemic has left Wolverhampton with the highest
unemployment rate for 18 to 24-year-olds in the UK, equating to 2,660 young
people – but city employers are also reporting high levels of vacancies.

Council leader, Cllr Ian Brookfield (Lab. Low Hill), said: “Children and young people and youth employment has always been a focus and priority for the council and city.

“Despite the fact there are already extensive and ambitious programmes and
interventions in place to tackle this challenge, they are not having the desired
impact.

“Therefore a reinvigorated and comprehensive programme of targeted
interventions will now be developed.”

“With the end of the furlough scheme likely to further exacerbate the
challenge, it is clear that the council cannot address this challenge in
isolation.

“It is therefore absolutely essential that we lead and drive a co-ordinated and sustained response with city employers and partners, the West Midlands Combined Authority and Government Departments – with young people and their voices at the centre of every element of the response,” he added.

Words: Joe Sweeney, Local Democracy Reporter


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