August 27 2014 Latest news:
Friday, December 20, 2013
The Norwich For Jobs campaign has put more than 460 young people into work since its launch at the end of February.
When city MP Chloe Smith started the initiative, her target was to cut the city’s youth unemployment by 1,000 in two years.
And with the halfway point approaching, it looks almost certain that the magic 500 mark will be passed by then.
Members of the campaign’s steering group, which includes representatives of employers, young people and Norwich Jobcentre, were told at their monthly meeting yesterday that the youth unemployment figure in the city - 1420 -was the lowest since October 2008.
Nearly 70 local employers have now given their backing to Norwich For Jobs and 859 jobs and apprenticeships have been pledged.
Ms Smith said: “Our November results are good again and I believe we are on track towards our target. However, there is still so much to do to succeed within our aim of two years,
“We are asking Norwich firms to pledge to support young people - that’s a great Christmas present to give! And it’s well within the gift of the community to do this for our own talented Norwich young people, and for the benefit of local businesses’ future too.”
The campaign is preparing to celebrate its halfway point with a high-profile breakfast event in the city, inviting employers and young people, including those who have benefited so far.
A Norwich-based business which started as a “man with a van” operation is eyeing further expansion after seeing its predicted turnover increase from £6,000 to £340,000 within five years.