Ambitious £2.8 million scheme to help jobless young find work
NOTTINGHAM is to receive a £2.8 million grant from the Government to help get young people into work.
It plans to use the cash to develop a scheme which uses Facebook and Twitter to help people into jobs.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures, an organisation which is owned by the city and county councils and runs the Connexions careers advice centre, will run the project.
The money will be spent on employing a jobs adviser for each person on the scheme, who will provide one-to-one support and help them develop action plans.
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It will use Twitter and mobile phone apps so young people can keep in touch with their jobs adviser.
The city council says the money will be spent over three years and the project aims to help up to 4,500 people aged 18 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training.
The use of Facebook has been piloted over the last year by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures. In a survey of the young people who used the service, they agreed that they particularly liked using social media to keep in touch with their adviser.
When a suitable job or training opportunity arises Futures will circulate it via Facebook, phone apps, Twitter and texts, as well as the more traditional methods of phone calls, letters and face-to-face interviews.
The one-to-one meetings will be held in community centres, local cafes, young people's homes or Futures offices.
Mitchell Hill, 19, of St Ann's, who has been unemployed since last month, welcomed the announcement. He said: "I think it's a brilliant idea, it's about time the Government tried to tackle this problem.
"It's been all right so far, I'm doing work experience at a cafe to bulk up my CV."
The money will come to Nottingham City Council from the Department for Work and Pensions' Innovation Fund, although it still needs to be officially signed off.
Council leader Councillor Jon Collins said: "The people who need the most help are the young who currently have no prospect of work or getting better training and qualifications. This innovative project and the funding it has secured will help us to take action to give young people a brighter future. "
Jean Pardoe, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Futures, says: "This funding means that we will be able to work more intensely with those young people who need the most help. It's great news for the young people of Nottingham."
Futures will identify young people who are eligible for the programme and the support offered will be tailored to individual needs of the young person.
The project will work with around 1,500 young people per year and the length of time on the programme will depend on individual circumstances.