Islington looks to eradicate NEETs

Apprenticeships will be doubled and youth unemployment halved in under three years, according to a new pledge by Islington Council.

The council made the commitment in a new strategy for tackling youth unemployment called ‘a fair chance for young people’. The strategy is a response to the economic downturn, and the growing risk that many young people will experience long term unemployment.

The council has invested an additional £200,000 in its youth employment and apprenticeship development programme, aiming to provide a new bursary to help young people from poorer homes to fund some of the costs necessary to stay in college. It aims to get all 16 to 18 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEET) out of that situation by 2015.

Cllr Richard Watts, executive member for children and families at Islington Council said: “We are working closely with Islington businesses to increase apprenticeships, mentoring, work experience, volunteering and jobs offered locally. We will do everything within our grasp to improve the future of young people in Islington.”

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