Drive launched to aid young jobless

Necessary element: Gordon Millward
Necessary element: Gordon Millward
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The Federation of Small Businesses is encouraging businesses to play their part in tackling scourge of youth unemployment.

The Federation says it is particularly worried about young people who aren’t in employment, education or training.

It says there is an urgent need for investment in the training and development of the future workforce, and it is determined to play its part in doing something about the problem.

Regional chairman and Sheffield businessman Gordon Millward said: “Investment in skills for the future is a necessary element in securing the ongoing creation of wealth and jobs.

“A highly skilled and motivated workforce is vital for maintaining the UK’s competitiveness. Against this background, we have high numbers of young people on the unemployment register, and we want to see steps taken immediately to make use of the apprenticeship scheme to get some of those young people into gainful employment and receiving training to maximize their effectiveness as part of the future workforce.

“Sheffield is one of six city regions in the UK to be offered a ‘City Deal’ which will give the local authorities greater influence over the deployment of local resources. We are taking the initiative to help ensure this will have a direct impact on job outcomes and training opportunities across the city region which will benefit the whole community.”

The FSB is teaming up with Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Sheffield College to stage an event in September, bringing together government, educators and the business community, in a bid to start identifying ways to find more places for apprentices.

Further details about the September event can be found at: www.fsb.org.uk/070/assets/city deal event invitation.pdf.