Bid to get
more young people into work and training
MORE support is set to be offered to help young people
in Liverpool and Wirral that are not in education or employment into work
and training (NEET). Liverpool City Region has put in a bid for funding from
the European Social Fund (ESF) to develop an enhanced careers information
advice and guidance service. It will be aimed at young people aged 16 to 19,
with particular emphasis on expanding services for 18 and 19 year olds where
there is greater need.
Figures from October 2015 show that seven in every 100 16 to 18 year olds in
Liverpool are NEET which is lower than it has been previously, but still
remains the highest of the big 'core' Cities.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, employment and skills,
Councillor Nick Small, said:-
"We've made progress in getting more
young people into education, employment and training such as by encouraging
apprenticeships on the city's school, house and hospital building
programmes, but there is much more to do. What we want to do is identify and
target those young people who need additional support and properly assessing
them before coming up with the right help and guidance. We want to
particularly tackle those groups that find it harder to get into work, such
as those with special educational needs or have been in the care system.
Every young person deserves the opportunity to get their foot on the
employment and training ladder and we are determined to do all we can to
A report being considered by Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, on Friday, 5
February 2016, recommends starting the tender process ahead of the funding
announcement so that, if the bid is successful, the contractor can be
formally appointed and start work as soon as possible.