Employers in Corby are being asked to back a major new drive to get the town’s young people into work.
The Experience Corby scheme running throughout October aims to give unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds a foothold in the jobs market.
The project spearheaded by town MP Andy Sawford and Tresham College, and backed by the Corby Telegraph, hopes to harness the support of local firms who will provide work experience placements of one to four weeks.
Mr Sawford said: “Young people feel trapped and discouraged, sending out application after application.
“They go to a prospective employer who wants to know if they have any experience.
“This scheme will give them that experience.
“We hope some will get jobs out of it, but they will all boost their CV and their confidence.”
In July the number of young people out of work in Corby was 540, or 10 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.
This is compared with 6.3 per cent in the East Midlands and 6.2 per cent nationally.
Although the figures have improved since last July when Corby was named the worst youth employment hotspot in the country, the situation is still causing concern.
Employers in the town have been invited to a meeting on September 16 to hear more about Experience Corby.
It is hoped firms keen to show they have a strong sense of social responsibility in the community will take part.
Later in the month there will be a “matching” meeting when employers will be able to meet young Corby people who want to find a job.
Mr Sawford said: “This work experience could make all the difference to a young person finding a job.
“We want to help the people who don’t have the contacts to break the experience barrier. If there are employers out there who can help, it would be fantastic to hear from them.”
Companies which would like to find out more about Experience Corby are asked to call Mr Sawford’s constituency office on 01536 264194.
Young people who would like to take part in the scheme can call the same number.