1,700 jobs for young people created so far in Northamptonshire

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Youth employment across Northamptonshire has reduced by 1,775 since scheme to create youth jobs began.

Challenge 2016, aimed at finding jobs for 2,016 18-24 year olds by 2016, has already dropped the county’s youth unemployment figure by 39 percent.

Since its launch in 2012, the number of young people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowances has fallen from 4,580 to 2,805.

The progress has been made by a partnership between Northamptonshire councils and employment organisations as well as with local businesses to recruit young people into apprenticeships and work experience programmes.

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) is also holding careers events, including a visit from the National Skills Show in July which will offer Year 10 students ‘have-a-go’ activities across a range of vocations.

NEP chair, John Markham, said: “Young people are essential to the future of Northamptonshire’s growing economy.

“Challenge 2016 is demonstrating impressive results thanks to our partners and businesses who have worked together to develop a targeted programme for young people that is really working.”

Northampton South MP and NEP deputy chair, Brian Binley, said: “It is testament to Northamptonshire’s focussed and collaborative approach to making the local economy work for its young people – the figures speak for themselves.”