Task force to tackle youth unemployment

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Plans to tackle youth unemployment are being drawn up by Derbyshire County Council to get more young people into work, further education or training.

While the number of 16-17-year-olds without a job, in education or training fell slightly this year, figures from May show around a third (2,675) of Derbyshire’s unemployed are aged 18-24 – which is higher than the national average.

The county council has begun drawing up a new strategy to look at the support the authority currently provides to young people and improve the way it works with other organisations to boost employment, education and training opportunities.

Coun Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs and economy, said: “We want to build a strong economy in Derbyshire and provide a brighter future for our young people – and that means making sure we have a skilled and confident workforce.

““We offer a wide range of support for young people but we need to look at why youth employment is so high and find new ways to getting more young people into jobs.

“We’re also looking at streamlining our own services, improving the way we work with partner organisations and working more closely with schools, colleges and training providers to ensure they can meet demand.”

“This task force will make sure that we’re doing all we can to provide all our young people with the skills they need.”