Norwich For Jobs: 100 jobs pledged in first month

Norwich For Jobs today provides its first campaign update, covering progress made in the first month of operation.

Aims

Norwich For Jobs seeks to halve Norwich youth unemployment in two years.

Launched on 25th January 2013, we believe that we can encourage the creation of 1,000 new jobs and good economic opportunities for young people in our city.

There are currently around 2,000 young people, aged 18-24, registered as unemployed in the Norwich area. Our aims are:

  • Investment- Encourage local businesses to invest in young people
  • Opportunities- Connect young people with opportunities to gain skills and employment
  • Community- Focus the collective efforts of the community to get young Norwich working.

First Month’s Progress

During February 2013, Norwich For Jobs has achieved the following:

  • 20 employers formally backing campaign so far.  You can see these updated regularly on our website, www.norwichforjobs.org.uk.  All are willing to be interviewed by media
  • Dozens more have indicated their interest and are in discussion with the campaign
  • 101 jobs have been pledged
  • 36 apprenticeships have been pledged
  • 78 work experience opportunities have been pledged

Quotes

Chloe Smith, leader of Norwich For Jobs, said:

“We are delighted by the reaction to the launch of the Norwich for Jobs Campaign. Enquiries by potential employers and those willing to offer work placements have exceeded our expectations.

“We’ve made good progress in our first month in engaging with employers, partners and young people and wish to continue this success in subsequent months.

“Our key goal for the first month way to get the key aims of the Norwich for Jobs Campaign across, which I think we have achieved. We are now moving forward in following up on all lines of enquiry that have come to us and will seek to help and support businesses wishing to offer an opportunity to a young person in Norwich.”

Julia Nix, East Anglia District Manager for Jobcentre Plus, comments:

"Our sincere thanks go to our first set of employers who have pledged their support by offering jobs, apprenticeships and work experience to our talented young people. I would encourage any employer to make contact to help us further."

Dick Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of City College Norwich, said:

"This is a really fantastic start for Norwich For Jobs and shows how supportive our local employers are. It shows that local employers, big and small, really do get that young people are our future."

Next month includes Apprenticeships Week.  Expect more updates from Norwich For Jobs on apprenticeships and more.

Employers should email info@norwichforjobs.org.uk to show their support.

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