Hope for Sheffield’s jobless young people

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A CAMPAIGN to give young people in Sheffield their first foot on the career ladder is proving a storming success.

More than 25 of the city’s NEETs - young people not in education, employment or training - have found work since The Star joined forces with Sheffield Council to tackle youth unemployment in the city.

City bosses set aside funding to create funding to give employment training to 100 out-of-work teenagers and part subsidise the wage of an apprentice for up to two years.

They enlisted the help of The Star to get employers, businesses and organisations to sign up to the scheme and in just 
two months, more than a quarter of spaces have been filled.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “The programme aims to encourage young people who may not have been successful in the past at gaining an apprenticeship or are most likely to fall out of education, employment or training and in need of support.”

A total of 26 NEETs are in work as a result of the subsidy scheme. Some of the employers who have taken part so far are P&W Auto Repairs, Wake Smith Solicitors, St Catherine’s Nursing Home, M&G Olympic Products and Darnall Nursery.

Dennis Buck, production director for metalwork manufacturer M&G Olympic Products Ltd, said: “I have been extremely happy with help in securing two first class apprentices in Alex and Ben, it’s not very often that we sing the council’s praises but I’m singing loud and clear.”

n Sheffield Council is still in need of employers to help fill the remaining apprenticeships. Any employers who are interested can contact Laura Hayfield via email at apprenticeships@sheffield.gov.uk or call on 0114 229 6186.