Success for project set up to tackle youth unemployment in Hartlepool

Award winners Paul Whitlock, Ashleigh Lynn, Mark Davison, Shona Newton-Smith and Rebecca Carter with some of the runners-up.
Award winners Paul Whitlock, Ashleigh Lynn, Mark Davison, Shona Newton-Smith and Rebecca Carter with some of the runners-up.
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A PROJECT which was set up to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in Hartlepool has been hailed as a success on its second anniversary.

The two-year anniversary celebration for the Hartlepool Youth Investment Project (HYIP) took place at the Maritime Experience and followed the release of new figures showing that youth unemployment in the town is now 8.7 per cent compared to 17 per cent in 2012.

Launched in September 2012, the HYIP brings together all of Hartlepool Council’s youth employment initiatives and those of partners, including schools, colleges, Jobcentre Plus, National Apprenticeship Service, Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, work-based learning providers, the voluntary sector, Teesside University and employers.

The celebration heard from a series of keynote speakers and included the presentation of five “special recognition” awards to acknowledge the achievements of some of the young people who have benefited from the project.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Council, described the HYIP as a “monumental, resounding success” and said: “It is one of our greatest achievements as a council and one that is particularly worthy of celebration.

“We have an obligation to meet the needs of all young people in Hartlepool and it is important to recognise that the one size fits all approach isn’t the best way of working.

“The alliance that has been so effectively forged between partners means that there is a cohesive but flexible group of organisations working to ensure that all young people are given opportunities in life.”

Peter Bowes. Managing Director of local firm Bridgman IBC Ltd who has been heavily involved in the HYIP, hailed its impact in his speech and then issued a fresh rallying cry, adding: “Thanks for listening, now let’s continue to make a difference!”

Individuals, companies and other organisations wanting further information about the Hartlepool Youth Investment Project should telephone Julie Seymour on (01429) 523520 or email julie.seymour@hartlepool.gov.uk