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Westminster Column - My Determination to End Youth Unemployment in the Royal Town


Last Friday the Royal Sutton Coldfield Jobs Fair took place in our Town Hall where a number of national and local companies – all with jobs or training on offer – exhibited.

During the course of the day hundreds of young people from throughout Sutton Coldfield, and enterprising older folk as well, passed through our Town Hall and met representatives from the companies and organisations assembled there.

During the course of the afternoon I paid one of my regular visits to the Job Centre opposite my office on the High Street, to meet both the new Regional Director and our local Director in Sutton Coldfield. Everything I heard at my meeting was encouraging in getting my out of work constituents into work or training.

We are fortunate in Sutton Coldfield that unemployment is very low and has fallen significantly over the last 6 years. Jobs have been created in the Royal Town and in our wider area and this welcome process is continuing.

Above all in the last year youth unemployment has fallen by half from 120 young people to 60. This is very encouraging but nevertheless there are still 60 young people who have yet to find work.

Both I and the Job Centre Leader are determined to eradicate youth unemployment in full in Sutton Coldfield and we have set ourselves that task over the next year. It will not be easy but we are determined to succeed. No young person should face the disillusion and demotivation of being unemployed and we are determined to end that.



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