Advice service set to continue

Apprentice machinist
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Liverpool’s Mayoral Cabinet is set to approve plans to continue funding an information and advice service which has helped slash the number of young people not in employment or training (NEET).

The Information Advice and Guidance Service operates from locations around the city, including council buildings and youth centres in 10 priority areas, as well as a mobile bus service, to target those most in need of support.

There has been particular emphasis more recently on engaging with young people who are already NEET to prevent them from not being in employment or training in the long term, as well as a focus on high risk groups such as young offenders.

Figures show that between September 2012 and September 2013 it helped cut the number of young people aged 16-19 classed as NEET in Liverpool fell from 1,290 to 978, meaning there is an overall rate of just 8 percent.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for living environment and localism, said: “Being in work or training is essential for every young person, and that is why we are committed to helping as many as we can.

“It’s really important that we focus on the areas of the city where we know there are high numbers of young people who are not in employment, education or training so we are getting to those who need our help the most.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment, enterprise and skills added: “We have had huge success getting hundreds of people on to the first rung of the employment ladder through our various apprenticeship schemes, so there are opportunities out there, even in these difficult times.

“Rather than waiting for people to come through the door, we want to continue to actively go out and seek young people and go to the places where we know they are.”

Providing the report is approved on Friday 24 January, work will get underway on procuring the contract for the service from 2014-16, which Liverpool is investing £1.6 million in.

 To enhance the services and value for young people, Liverpool is participating in a joint procurement with Wirral, Knowsley and Halton Councils.