£5m boost for youth jobs

Published: 14th November 2013

Today (Thursday 14 November, 2, 2), the Government has announced that Sheffield City Region will get a £5 million cash injection to help young people into jobs.

The investment is from a pot of Government cash given to England’s major cities to invest over the next three years, with the aim of helping more than 25,000 young people into jobs that last.

This money will go straight to people who know the area best, giving people locally the ability to invest in young people and the future prosperity of the city.

Nigel Brewster, LEP Board Member and Managing Director at Brewster Pratap Recruitment Consultants, said:

“Today’s 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.

“Business leaders, myself included, have been working closely with councils and education providers to build this very specific programme aimed at matching young people with the right skills to meet the future needs of Sheffield City Region’s business.”

Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, said:

“The Government has agreed to hand down this funding because they recognise that the Sheffield City Region’s leaders know how to get young people into work.

“Our innovative programme will ensure that young people get intensive advice and mentoring, as well as specialist training based on the skills that businesses really need.

“Today’s announcement marks an important step forward for the Sheffield City Region in negotiations with Government for greater funding and powers. Whitehall departments are starting to really appreciate how money is spent more effectively and more efficiently at a local level. Through programmes like this they can see that it is local leaders, from both the public and private sector, who know what is best for people in this area.”

Sheffield City Region, which has already secured a landmark City Deal, was one of eight core cities and twenty wave two cities invited to submit proposals earlier this year for a share of up to £50m. The people behind the proposal had to prove they will be able to deliver innovative schemes explicitly designed to tackle the problem of youth unemployment.

The £5m will be used to offer intensive advisor and mentor-led support for young people in Sheffield, alongside a specialist training programme aimed at equipping young people with the right skills to match local employers’ needs.

Today’s funding announcement comes as the Deputy Prime Minister meets young apprentices from across the country at the Skills Show and the National Apprenticeship Awards in Birmingham, which recognise and celebrate the very best of young British talent, and the employers going that extra mile to help our apprentices to progress.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“Helping young people succeed is crucial to our economic recovery. That is why I am pleased to announce a Government investment of £5 million for Sheffield to help get more young people into jobs.

“This is a multi-million pound cash boost for the Sheffield City Region to invest in its young people and the future prosperity of the city, making our society fairer so that everyone has the chance to get on in life.

“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 across the region, whether it’s with extra training, improving education, or apprenticeships.”

Minister for Cities Greg Clark said:

“The days of Whitehall holding all the purse strings are coming to an end. Handing power over how cities spend money is important – this way, local leaders can do what’s best for the young people in their area. They know what will work and can make a real difference to their economic future by shaping the workforce of tomorrow.”

The government is committed to making long-term investments in young people’s futures through work experience and apprenticeships.

It places cities at the centre of the design and delivery of new schemes to complement the Government’s existing investment to tackle youth unemployment.