Summit on youth jobless crisis

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HIGH-LEVEL talks to try to tackle youth unemployment will be held at The Shay.

Calderdale Council says it is keen to work with businesses, public and voluntary organisations to tackle rising unemployment amongthe under-25s.

The meeting, on January 11, is being organised with the support of the council’s economic task force.

It will examine the current situation locally and what employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities are available to the under-25s.

Employers, training providers and representatives from the public and voluntary sectors have all been invited.

Calderdale Council leader Janet Battye says it promises to be an important watershed in tackling youth unemployment.

“While rising youth unemployment is a national problem, we need to look at local solutions,” she said.

“We need to make sure young people have the skills that industries need. That’s why it’s so important to look at a whole range of options, such as apprenticeships and work-based training.

“We want to look at some of the ways we can help our young people into real jobs with real prospects.”

Later this month, the council is organising a business breakfast to boost local firms’ exports.