Bid to tackle town’s young job crisis

YOUNG people are urged to get help to find work as Hartlepool is hit by a jobs crisis.

Training provider Springboard Hartlepool is urging young people to boost their job prospects as figures show the town has the highest proportion claiming jobless benefit in the country.

Latest figures show there are 17.4 per cent of people in the 18-25 age group claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, up from 17.1 per cent the previous month, while the town had a total of 4,252 people claiming the benefit in September, up from 4,223 in August.

The training group is planning a drop-in week where young people and their parents can call in and see what training opportunities are available to help them get into work and make them employable to local companies.

School pupils, college students and recent school-leavers can call into the centre and find out about the training and apprenticeship programmes available, including horticulture, graphic design, business administration, sport, childcare and elderly care.

Springboard also has a foundation learning programme that offers workplace tasters, basic skills in communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT.

It also improves prospects by building confidence and giving young people the employability skills needed to take their career forward.

Some programmes, such as the advanced graphic design course, have places for 16 to 18-year-olds who have the specific GCSE qualifications required, but will employ and pay successful candidates while they are training and learning the skills needed to get into work, or university.

Centre manager Carl Fox said: “Anyone is welcome to drop in and ask staff about what we can offer.

“Employers like new employees to have essential foundation skills on which they can build throughout their careers.

“Our practical hands-on skills can often give the young person a distinct advantage in the job market.”

Springboard, which is in Tower Street, Hartlepool, will be open from Monday, October 24, to Friday, October 28, from 10am to 4pm, with a late evening until 7pm on Wednesday, October 26, which would accommodate parents who may be working and unable to attend during the day.

For further information contact Mr Fox on (01429) 287075 or email: cfox@springboard-ne.org