Getting young people back to work in Bradford

27th January, 2013 4:45 pm

As 2012 drew to a close Labour’s Youth Jobs Taskforce rolled into Bradford where we met Cllr Dave Green and his team to find out about their campaign to get local young people back into jobs.

Bradford has launched ‘Get Bradford Working’, to encourage employers to offer more apprenticeships, to support vulnerable people back into work, and to incorporate employers’ skill needs into school activities.

The numbers are impressive – it’s an £8 million programme that aims to create 390 new jobs, 500 new apprenticeships, 600 qualifications and 1500 school places linked to business.

Small companies can be put off by the risks of taking on an apprentice, and in Bradford, where 90% of employers are small and medium enterprises this could really hold young people back. But the Council is working around this by setting up an Apprenticeship Training Agency, which will hire the apprentice in return for a fee from the small company: lowering the risks and making apprenticeships a more attractive option to local employers.

And there’s more. The Council is working closely with Jobcentre Plus, the Skills Funding Agency and the National Careers Service to provide support for longer-term unemployed or vulnerable young people through their Routes into Work programme.

Then comes the Employment Opportunities Fund (EOF), which is set up in conjunction with a registered social landlord and Jobcentre Plus. This builds on Labour’s successful but now defunct Future Jobs Fund – a stark reminder of how badly this this government has got things wring on youth unemployment.

Through the EOF young people will be offered a twelve-month job contract, alongside intensive support ranging from induction to relevant skills training. The council held its first employer day in December, and all the signs are that Bradford’s business community is keen to get involved.

Finally, Bradford is establishing an Industrial Centres of Excellence – specialised schools which to focus on key growth sectors.

The Youth Jobs Taskforce was privileged to see a lot of this in action –  at Provident Financial Group in the City Centre, we met ten students on work placements through the Industrial Centre, and at Forster’s Bistro and Deli, we dropped in at the College’s Young Chef’s Academy, which provides a fantastic employment experience and training for young people – and popular food too!

In the appalling absence of Government action to bring down long-term youth unemployment, local authorities are stepping up to the plate. Dave’s team, as well as the local colleges, are attacking the problem with infectious energy, and I’m proud that Labour Councils like Bradford are leading the charge against this country’s jobs crisis.

Liam Byrne is the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Latest

  • Featured News Polling New polling indicates late Tory swing hurt Labour

    New polling indicates late Tory swing hurt Labour

    Conservatives gained more than any other party from late changes of heart, in what is being partially credited to their warnings against a Labour/SNP pact. In research for the Daily Record, Survation contacted 1,700 voters in England they had spoken to prior to the election to see which party they ended up supporting. More Tory supporters stuck with their initial choice than any other major party – just 12.5% of those who said they would vote Conservative gave their backing […]

    Read more →
  • News Mandelson slams Labour’s “awful complacency”

    Mandelson slams Labour’s “awful complacency”

    The Labour Party has “gone back to sleep” and allowed an “awful complacency” to set in since the election, according to Peter Mandelson. In an interview with Newsnight, the Labour peer lambasts that the desire for radical thinking that defined the party immediately after the election defeat has been lost. The former Cabinet minister said: “Everyone said in the 24-48 hours after our defeat this year: ‘Oh my God, we’ve really got to think radically, overhaul, and realise where we […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Weekly survey: Budget surplus, Syria and Heathrow expansion

    Weekly survey: Budget surplus, Syria and Heathrow expansion

    The Labour leadership team seem to have agreed with George Osborne’s proposals that the government should run a budget surplus in “normal times”. Over the weekend Chris Leslie, Shadow Chancellor, said that signing up to these proposals was important for Labour to gain economic credibility. However, it’s unlikely everyone in the party will agree, particularly as 77 academics have argued this ignores “basic economics”. What do you think? Is it right for Labour to aim to run a budget surplus in […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Labour leadership candidates answer readers’ questions on education

    Labour leadership candidates answer readers’ questions on education

    LabourList readers can submit weekly questions on a different topic to the Labour leadership candidates. Here are the answers we got back from the first round of questions, on education. Note: Yvette Cooper’s will be added when we receive them. 1) How would you improve the quality and availability of childcare? Corbyn: It is important for all children to socialise together from an early age, and it’s a community good. We need to expand wraparound childcare at schools and free childcare […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Soft on welfare? The challenge of a popular welfare policy that works

    Soft on welfare? The challenge of a popular welfare policy that works

    We are being told that Labour lost votes through being seen as “too soft” on welfare. But we must understand the complexity of public attitudes in this area, and the difficulties of reconciling these attitudes with policy that works, and with the reality of the hardship caused by a “tough” policy. It must be Labour’s role to lead the debate on benefits, as well as follow public opinion. We can challenge the misinformation behind policies like Universal Credit and the […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit