Labour-led youth jobs alliance visits Wakefield

Shadow secretary of state for work and pensions Liam Byrne in Wakefield to look at how the city is dealing with youth unemployment. Talking with Danny Murray. (W542F304)
Shadow secretary of state for work and pensions Liam Byrne in Wakefield to look at how the city is dealing with youth unemployment. Talking with Danny Murray. (W542F304)
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An alliance of entrepreneurs, trade unionists and academics say they will help to tackle youth unemployment in Wakefield.

Labour’s Youth Jobs Taskforce, headed by the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne MP, visited council members and officers yesterday.

They met at Wakefield One, on Burton Street, to discuss the challenges facing the city’s young people.

Coun Peter Box, leader of the council and a member of the taskforce, said: “Youth unemployment has dropped in the district however it still remains a significant issue. Tackling this is one of our key priorities.

“We have already run a number of initiatives to create apprenticeship opportunities including the Wakefield Apprenticeship Challenge which secured 197 pledges to support new apprenticeship places from 64 businesses. We are also working closely with City Deals fund to set up a new apprenticeship hub to create an additional 300 opportunities, as well as working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to support the delivery of enterprise clubs.

“This visit gives us the opportunity to work share our work with the Taskforce and look at ways in which they can support us.”