Young people’s work scheme on 2016 target

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An initiative to access the pool of untapped talent and find jobs for 2,016 young people in Northamptonshire by 2016 is on track to exceed targets at its mid-way point.

Challenge 2016 was launch-ed in 2012 when there were 4,580 18 to 24-year-olds receiving Jobseekers Allowance in Northamptonshire, making up almost a third of the county’s unemployed.

The latest figure for unemployed young people in the county has now dropped by 39 per cent to 2,805, which is 1,775 fewer than two years ago.

Businesses have been recruiting young people and offering apprenticeships, work experience programmes and training opportunities.

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership’s Job Brokerage service has also been developed to match young people with the right jobs and help businesses with recruitment and training.

NEP chairman John Markham said: “Young people are essential to the future of Northamptonshire and its growing economy.

“Challenge 2016 is demonstrating impressive results and it is thanks to our partners and businesses that it is really working.”

Cllr Paul Bell, of Wellingborough Council, said: “It’s great to know that all of the hard work is paying dividends.”