Mansfield and Ashfield organisations pledge to help raise youth job opportunities across district

NMAC-Youth Summit'Ashfield M.P. Gloria De Piero signs up to support the work to tackle youth umemployment at Friday's Youth Summit held at the Eastbourn Centre in Sutton.'Also pictured from the left are; Irvin Robinson, Chairman of Mansfield 2020, Stepehn Thirkill of The Chad, Ch Supt Rick Stapleford, rep Ch Supt Ak Khan of Nottinghamshire Police, Tony Egginton Mansfield Executive Mayor, Michael Nicol, of the National Apprenticeship Service,Jessica Wells Mansfield's Youth Mayor, Karen Dawn of the Department of Works and Pensions ans Coun Chris Baron of Ashfield District Council.
NMAC-Youth Summit'Ashfield M.P. Gloria De Piero signs up to support the work to tackle youth umemployment at Friday's Youth Summit held at the Eastbourn Centre in Sutton.'Also pictured from the left are; Irvin Robinson, Chairman of Mansfield 2020, Stepehn Thirkill of The Chad, Ch Supt Rick Stapleford, rep Ch Supt Ak Khan of Nottinghamshire Police, Tony Egginton Mansfield Executive Mayor, Michael Nicol, of the National Apprenticeship Service,Jessica Wells Mansfield's Youth Mayor, Karen Dawn of the Department of Works and Pensions ans Coun Chris Baron of Ashfield District Council.

Politicians, training providers and youth advocates came together at a youth summit event where they pledged to improve job prospects for young people.

The summit was designed to encourage key figures across the district to work together and solve youth unemployment issues.

It is part of a wider campaign put together by Mansfield Area Strategic Partnership (MASP) to raise awareness of the support available for jobseekers in Ashfield and Mansfield.

Pledgers at the Eastbourne Centre event in Sutton included Ashfield District Council leader Chris Baron, Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero, Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton, and Chad news editor Stephen Thirkill to name but a few.

Youth Summit chairman Phil Lyons said: “It was created to bring together important stakeholders to encourage a collaborative effort and commitment to help young people.

“I hope it will ensure that the right action is taken to provide work and training opportunities to help reduce youth unemployment.”

Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton said: “The Youth Summit is further evidence of our commitment to provide young people with the opportunities and support they need to aspire and reach their goals.”

Pledges covered a range of issues such as developing young people’s skills and creating more work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

The number of 18 to 24 year-olds unemployed in Mansfield has steadily risen over the past five years from 6.7 per cent in 2008 to 9.6 per cent in May this year.

Ashfield faces a similar problem with 10.1 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds unemployed in May this year compared to 5.5 per cent in 2008. The national average is 6.3 per cent.

The Getting Ashfield and Mansfield Working campaign will be featured every week in the Chad and includes advice on everything from graduate employment to work experience and presentation skills.

Anybody wanting a few employment pointers should contact Nottinghamshire Futures.

They provide a free career guidance service the Advice Hub, 16 Regent Street, Mansfield.

To book an interview contact them on 01623 632 508.

If you would like to see a full list of pledges visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/youthsummit.