Norwich For Jobs campaign targets region’s top companies

PUBLISHED: 11:52 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:20 26 June 2013

Chloe Smith: spearheading campaign

Chloe Smith: spearheading campaign

The pioneering campaign, launched by city MP Chloe Smith at the end of January, has already seen dozens of local companies pledge their support.

And in just the first quarter, more than 300 paid jobs and apprenticeships have been committed, and well over 100 young people are already taking these roles.

Now the campaign, which is working closely with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and many other partners, is reaching out to all EDP 100 companies – a list of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most successful businesses.

A letter, co-signed by Miss Smith and other key partners, is being sent to the region’s industry leaders this week by the editor of the EDP Nigel Pickover, who has pledged his commitment to the initiative.

The letter states: “We are writing to you as a major business in the region to ask if you would help with the campaign by pledging your company’s support for it.

“By making that pledge you would agree to look out for opportunities for which young people can be considered within your work place, whether it is jobs, work experience placements, apprenticeships or helping young people with informal links or with self-employment skills.”

In return, the campaign pledges to shine the light of publicity on the efforts of businesses to support young people.

The letter highlights the fact that firms will also benefit from the connections with other partners involved with Norwich for Jobs and will receive information and help regarding the government services which are available to aid recruitment.

Mr Pickover said: “This is about giving our young people the chance to build a strong future for themselves and the community in which they live.”

He said he was delighted that the campaign was already getting results.

Welcoming the new push for her initiative, Miss Smith said: “I urge the region’s top businesses to join this campaign. It’s a healthy community campaign and is already supported by scores of winning firms. Together we can help get young Norwich working – and make sure successful firms stay on top through making space for talented new staff.”

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