Leader’s youth jobless concern

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SHEFFIELD Council leader Julie Dore has called for greater action to tackle the growing problem of youth unemployment.

A consultation is being conducted by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations for evidence to gain solutions to tackle youth unemployment.

Coun Dore said promoting apprenticeship opportunities with employers, and subsidised wage schemes such as the previous Labour Government’s Future Jobs Fund which paid employers to take on staff, were ‘key solutions’.

The Office of National Statistics figures show the unemployment rate nationally for 16- to 24-year-olds is 20.2 per cent, or 949,000 young people.

Coun Dore, whose party has a scheme to create apprenticeships in Sheffield, said: “Youth unemployment is at its highest since records began and tackling the problem in Sheffield is a top priority for the council.”