Plans to tackle youth unemployment in Sunderland East put on hold

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Sunderland City Council have postponed proposals that would have seen £2,500 spent on road shows helping young people to seek employment.

The decision to postpone the shows is due to “no certainty” on how the shows would operate, and continued debate surrounding whether or not they are needed.

The proposed scheme involved five road shows aimed at people not currently in education, employment or training (NEET’s) by helping them to get in touch with employers and educators.

Connexions, and other services that provide support for young people looking into further education and employment, were also expected to work on the road shows in consultation with local secondary schools.

Councillor Alan Emerson said: “We have decided to withdraw the application to allocate funds towards helping NEET’s for the time being. This is due to considerable concern about how exactly it would run”.

The East Locality Team for Early Intervention conducted research on the number of  NEET’s in Sunderland East and discovered 158 young people who qualified. A lack of awareness in the community regarding the available career guidance was also discovered.

However, it was decided that Sunderland East already has adequate training provisions in place and that there were sufficient transport links to training elsewhere in the city.

Sarah Reed, Assistant Chief Executive and Area Lead for Sunderland City Council, said: “There are education and employment opportunities out there in Sunderland if people know where to look. Each area in Sunderland has a lot of community support on offer to people right at their back doors.”

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