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Talk To Get Young People Back into Work in Ryedale Today

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9:33am 15th May 2013

A ‘Ryedale Skills Summit’ is to unite local business leaders with Ryedale schools, training providers and school children to help ensure that local people get the skills and training needed by Ryedale employers, and so boost their job opportunities.

Ryedale District Council has invited businesses and schools to attend the half-day seminar after some local companies expressed concern about being able to recruit locally and whether some young people receive the appropriate training. Statistics also show that Ryedale has a higher number of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance than most other parts of York and North Yorkshire.

“Despite the challenges nationally, there are currently some great employment opportunities emerging for young people in Ryedale, particularly in our growing advanced-engineering sector” said Julian Rudd, Head of Economy and Infrastructure at Ryedale District Council. “We have organised a special summit as we want to give local people the best chance of a good career in Ryedale and, at the same time, help Ryedale businesses to thrive through access to a workforce that has the right skills and training”.

At the ‘Ryedale Skills Summit’ today (15th May 2013), business people, trainers and school children will identify improvements needed in a range of areas, including employability skills and training, recruitment processes, the increased availability of apprenticeships, effective work placements and experience, careers advice and school leavers’ options,

The event at Ryedale House, Malton, will open with a presentation by Isobel Mills, Director of BIS Local (Department of Business, Information and Skills) for Yorkshire and Humber and the North East. Following presentations from a training provider and a local business leader there will be facilitated workshops and discussions. The outcome will be a series of actions to implement a collaborative approach for educational establishments, public sector and businesses to improve local skills to everyone’s benefit.

This event follows the announcement that Ryedale District Council is to provide funding to support new apprentice posts in Ryedale. Eight apprentices are to be employed by the District Council itself and local employers can bid for funding towards employing new apprentice posts. Training organisations can also bid for assistance towards new equipment that will help provide increased numbers of local apprentices with the right skills.

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