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Plans to Cut Youth Unemployment by 40% in York


9:21am 27th March 2013

York Council says it wants to cut youth unemployment by 40% by 2016.

There are 770 young people out of work in the city, according to February's jobless figures.

110 of those 18-24 year olds haven't had a job in more than a year.

The Youth Unemployment Task Group at City of York Council has come up with ten recommendations to fix the problem:

  • Set a target to cut youth unemployment
  • York Council should boost apprenticeships and monitor how many are in a job later on
  • Expand work experience opportunities to cover 18-24 year olds.
  • Hold Job Fairs for unemployed twice a year
  • Offer workshops to match young unemployed people with specific sectors of the economy
  • Bring various agencies who help young people into work together through three monthly meetings
  • New marketing campaign to make young people and employers aware of help to get them into work
  • More promotion of the help available to employers to encourage them to hire young people
  • Provide subsidised transport to help young people travel to work
  • Improve reading, writing and maths skills among the young unemployed.
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