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Young unemployed people offered helping hand
8:30am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Local
YOUNG people unemployed in Redditch are being offered a helping hand.
According to the Office for National Statistics in July 2012 13.9 per cent of young people aged 18-24 are unemployed in Greenlands - an increase of 0.8 per cent on last year.
11.6 per cent of young people aged 18 to 24 are unemployed in Church Hill, an increase of 0.8 per cent again.
The national average for England is 6.1 per cent putting both areas in the county’s top ten list for the highest rate of youth unemployment.
Sue Williams, from charity CSV Learning West Midlands in Lakeside, said that the figures are disgraceful and more should be done to help young job seekers.
To that end a special 10-week scheme was recently launched called CSV Works, in conjunction with Jobcentre and the Support Guidance and Skills Service, which aims to help young people turn their lives around.
Mrs Williams said: “This course is free and is available via Jobcentre advisors - so people can pop in and see them when they next claim.
“The course covers team building activities, interview techniques, job search techniques, presenting yourself and your CV, work experience and help in applying for jobs.”
She added: “28 per cent of our first course went into employment or on to an apprenticeship.
“Take control of your future and get in touch now.”
For more information about the scheme and how to get involved, or CSV, visit csv.org.uk .