Jobs plan set to be launched

Robbie Payne

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CIVIC leaders are set to launch a new project aimed at helping hundreds of unemployed youngsters get on the jobs ladder.

Hartlepool Borough Council will launch the Hartlepool Youth Investment Project (HYIP) early next month with the aim of improving the “employability and entrepreneurial skills” of town youngsters.

Hartlepool currently has the third highest rate of youth unemployment in the country with 1,230 or 14.7 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds unemployed.

The town’s rate is more than double the national average and reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) remains a “key strategic” priority for the council, say officials.

In a bid to tackle youth unemployment, the local authority has worked with partners in town to develop the project.

Targets of the Hartlepool Youth Investment Project include giving 1,000 14 to 16-year-olds access to vocational training and work-related learning.

Other aims are to provide 200 young people identified as at risk of becoming long term not in education, employment or training, mentoring support and a re-engagement programme.

The project aims to prepare teenagers for the world of work and enterprise through better working between schools, colleges, universities and employers.

Labour councillor Robbie Payne, chair of the council’s regeneration services committee, said: “The overall aim of this project is to improve the employability and entrepreneurial skills of all young people so that they are prepared for the world of work, by strengthening co-operation and increasing collaborative working between schools, colleges, post-16 providers, universities and critically employers.”

HYIP launches on Thursday, October 3 at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.