The Norwich For Jobs campaign has put more than 460 young people into work since its launch at the end of February.

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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.

4 comments

  • @ marty r . A good point you have just made . The coalition would like to sweep the whole foodbank issue under the carpet. Its an embarrassment to them while they are wasting billions on anything but the british people

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    milecross

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Both Smith and her fellow-traveler LibDum Simon Wright voted against an investigation into food poverty in the UK. Shame on them both. Still, at least at the next election it'll be "bye-bye Simon" (and most of the hideous LibDums too!)

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    marty r

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • So she helps younger people into work, well say work if you classify work placements and apprenticeships as real jobs. She does nothing to help the older and long term unemployed find work. But she didn't support the need for an investigation to the increased use of Foodbanks. Chloe Smith will do all she can to help people find work, but not support them if they still cannot afford to put food on the Table !

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    che bramley

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • So we do have an MP then, in Norwich (North)!

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    biglingers

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

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