Up to 2,000 jobless people will be helped into work as part of an employment initiative backed by Newcastle City Council.
Newcastle Futures will be responsible for joining up a range of employment services across the city after receiving £500,000 a year for the next three years from the council.
The allocation, agreed as part of the council’s 2012 budget, will be matched in services and staff by Jobcentre Plus in a partnership considered to be a model of best practice.
The programme, worth £3m over three years, will be a major boost to the council’s policy priority to make Newcastle a working city by creating jobs for local people particularly younger people.
A report to the council’s cabinet next Wednesday, April 25, recommends that the objectives of Newcastle Futures be approved.
The overall objective is to minimise worklessness by working with partners to maximise the opportunities available to residents.
It will focus on:
• Cutting youth unemployment
• Helping newly unemployed people earlier
• Supporting women who have been affected by recession, especially mothers
• Helping over 50s who are also a vulnerable group among short-term
Its target is to support 5,000 residents and assist 2,000 of these into work over the next three years.
Newcastle Futures is the council’s main vehicle for employment support to Newcastle residents. It works directly with clients and brings partners together to improve services to enhance skills and employability.
Page last updated: 27 April, 2012