Norwich for Jobs campaign chairman Chloe Smith today delivered news of a landmark achievement in front of a delegation of African MPs.

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The city MP told the campaign’s steering group that the latest unemployment figures up to the end of December showed more than 500 local young people had been helped into jobs and apprenticeships since the launch of the initiative at the end of January last year.

It meant Norwich for Jobs was now ahead of its target for cutting youth unemployment by 1,000 in two years.

The five female MPs from Tanzania were attending the meeting at St Andrew’s House during their UK visit to learn about the campaign with a view to implementing it in their own country.

Ms Smith told them that “the strength of the project was the local community doing it for itself, not relying on someone else”.

She said: “We are really proud of helping the 500th young person into work. These figures show we are slightly ahead of plan at the project’s halfway point. This is testament to the local businesses who have signed up to help so far - and to Norwich’s brilliant young people.

“However, the second year is really crucial in meeting our full goal of 1,000 young people into work. We’re looking forward to celebrating our One Year On milestone next month and asking more employers to sign up to help us complete what we set out to do.”

Zarina Madabida, an MP from Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, said: “There is a lot of youth unemployment back home and not many jobs in Tanzania. We want to see how we can implement these strategies in our country.”

Angellah Kairuki, a deputy minister, said it was instructive to see how the campaign had successfully involved so many partners, from the MP to local councils and business leaders.

Tom Adams, Norwich Jobcentre’s campaign manager, said the number of 18 to 24-year-olds on the unemployment register in the city now stood at 1,320 - the lowest figure since August 2008.

The youth unemployment rate in Norwich had dropped 7pc compared to just 1.41pc across the county as a whole.

The meeting was told that The Fusion Gallery at The Forum had been booked from 8.30am to 10.30am on February 21 for a promotional breakfast event to mark the first anniversary.

Invitations have gone out to local employers already involved in Norwich For Jobs and others who it is hoped can make a contribution in the future.

Alongside a guest presenter, yet to be announced, there will be speeches from two local employers and a presentation by a young person who has benefited from the campaign.

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  • On the other hand Che, there are now numbers of people who were previously on disability benefit who are now on the unemployment register. I recently had the dubious pleasure of having to attend a course through the jobcentre. There were 30 people on it of which 28 had previously been classed as disabled. From what I could make out there was little wrong with any of them. All younger and fitter than myself. Interestingly we were able to reclaim public transport costs on production of tickets. Only 3 of us did so and I would guess that the rest could afford their own car.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Get the real figures Archant, ie how many people are on Zero Hr Contracts, Part Time Contracts, Work Placements and Apprenticeship Placements. Three of those will mean still some form of Welfare Benefit is paid, but of course does not show up in the official figures. How convenient for this Government, and people who are just sucked into the Bull****, cause that is better than admitting to reality.

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    che bramley

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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