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Local initiatives help cut jobless totals – minister

Targeted local schemes such as the regional growth fund and the Norwich for Jobs campaign were playing a part in bring down the numbers claiming job seekers allowance, a government minister claimed yesterday.

Speaking to the EDP at Westminster, employment minister Mark Hoban said the programmes were having an impact. He spoke as the latest unemployment figures revealed that across Norfolk, Waveney and Fenland the claimant count fell 7pc compared to a year ago to 20,776 in June and 13pc on the previous quarter.

Marks and Spencer celebrates success of Norwich For Jobs campaign

The city’s Marks and Spencer store embraced the Norwich for Jobs campaign by offering eight-week work placements to 12 young people - and seven of them are now celebrating being taken on in full-time jobs.

Store manager Mark Robertson described the campaign, launched by city MP Chloe Smith to halve the area’s youth unemployment in two years, as a “win-win for employers and young people”.

He said they would be offering more work placements under the Norwich for Jobs banner in August and that said everything about the scheme’s success.

N4J at the Royal Norfolk Show

On Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2013, the ‘Norwich For Jobs’ Campaign had its own stand at the Royal Norfolk Show, and invited businesses and young people to come by.

‘Norwich For Jobs’ used the Royal Norfolk Show to reach out to young people interested in careers in Food, Farming and Agriculture. There are many ‘hidden’ jobs within these sectors and ‘Norwich For Jobs’ is keen to ensure that young people are not missing out on opportunities for rewarding jobs in an important sector within the county.

Chloe Smith calls on Norwich and Norfolk food and grocery businesses to join industry campaign to support young unemployed

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, and leader of Norwich For Jobs, has called on local food and grocery businesses to sign up to an industry campaign to support young unemployed people in the area.

Feeding Britain’s Future will see thousands of unemployed young people from across the country go into farms, factories and stores for free skills training and Chloe wants businesses across Norfolk to get involved so that hundreds of youngsters in the area can reap the benefits.

Talks highlight value of apprenticeships to EDP Top 100 firm

The value of apprenticeships formed the theme of a roundtable discussion between officials from Norse Group and Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

The session took place during a visit of the EDP Top 100 firm which is aiming to employ more than 100 apprentices on the company scheme during this year.

Norse commits more than £880,000 a year to apprenticeships across its three operating companies, Norse Commercial Services, NPS and Norsecare, a figure match-funded by Norfolk County council.

Prince’s Trust report says more young people in East Anglia want to run their own business

The East of England could be on the brink of a “youth business boom” as the economic climate drives more young people to consider becoming their own boss, a new report says.

 

The survey by the The Prince’s Trust found 36pc of the region’s 16 to 30-year-olds thought they would be self-employed in the future – higher than the national average of 30pc.

Nationally, despite just 5pc of young people currently being self-employed, more than a quarter (27pc) of those surveyed claimed they were “increasingly” thinking of setting up in business.

Chloe Smith meets Leisure and Tourism chiefs

Business leaders and representatives from the leisure and tourism sector are set to meet Chloe Smith MP on 28 May at a meeting being hosted by Howes Percival to discuss issues affecting the sector and what can be done to encourage growth and promote East Anglia as a destination.

Norwich for Jobs drop-in surgery gives boost to young

Young jobseekers were shown light at the end of the tunnel at a pioneering event in Norwich yesterday.

The Norwich for Jobs campaign, supported by the Eastern Daily Press and the Norwich Evening News, held its first drop-in advice surgery for jobless 18 to 24-year-olds at the Norman Centre, in Bignold Road, Mile Cross.

Norwich For Jobs campaign targets region’s top companies

The pioneering campaign, launched by city MP Chloe Smith at the end of January, has already seen dozens of local companies pledge their support.

And in just the first quarter, more than 300 paid jobs and apprenticeships have been committed, and well over 100 young people are already taking these roles.

Now the campaign, which is working closely with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and many other partners, is reaching out to all EDP 100 companies – a list of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most successful businesses.

Chloe Smith MP takes ‘Norwich For Jobs’ to G8 Young Summit

Chloe Smith MP this week addressed The G8 Young Summit, receiving the Summit’s communiqué on behalf of HM Government. She welcomed the summit’s commitments to helping young people into employment, explaining the success of the Norwich For Jobs campaign which she launched locally.

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