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25 January 2013, 11:19
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has launched a new campaign to cut youth unemployment in half in two years.
At the moment it is thought there is approximately 2000 16-14 year olds out of work at the moment.
The campaign focuses around a pledge, where businesses are being asked to pledge their support to offer opportunities to younger job-seekers.
Andrew Barnes, senior partner at Howes Percival and a steering group member of the campaign, said: “We are asking local businesses to make a commitment that they will do what they can to look out for opportunities for which young people can be considered within their workplace.”
In signing the pledge, business leaders will also be asked to specify what kind of opportunities they hope to be able to offer.
Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP who is leading the campaign steering group, said: “Our ask to Norwich firms is: consider if you can give an opportunity to a young person. Help us ask other employers too. This is your chance to work with young talent for the future of your business.
“Our ask to Norwich young people is: guide us on what you know is needed for your future.
“Our ask to the many key partners who already do such good work for young people is: share your excellent schemes and allow us to help you amplify them.”