Business leaders back £5m support for young jobless

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Funding worth £5 million to provide mentors and create more apprenticeships to help jobless young people around South Yorkshire has been welcomed by business bosses.

Decisions on how the money will be spent is to be made by authorities in the Sheffield City Region.

The cash boost, announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, has been described as ‘good news’ by members of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, which brings together businesses and councils.

Nigel Brewster, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board member and managing director at Brewster Pratap Recruitment Consultants, said: “The announcement about £5m for skills training is as good news for business as it is for young people.

“The Sheffield City Region LEP is squarely focused on economic growth – and this innovative programme will help give our businesses the skills they need to grow.”

Mr Clegg said: “Investment like this, paired with a determination to tackle youth unemployment by our great cities, has the genuine power to change the fortunes of young people.”