Liverpool is to receive a slice of a â¬6 billion fund to help young people into work or training.
The European Youth Guarantee provides funding to help EU governments to offer all young people under the age of 25 a job, apprenticeship or training within four months of leaving education or being made redundant.
Across the European Union 5.7 million young people are unemployed and the EU has agreed to bring two million young people back to work by 2014 through the Guarantee. In Liverpool 10,000 people aged 16-24 are registered as unemployed with 27,500 across the City region.
Sub-regions with more than 25% youth unemployment will be awarded funding. The Department of Business Innovation and Skills have confirmed today that the latest figures show Liverpool City Region will qualify for funding under the Guarantee. The amount will be known next month and activities, using this money, will be commissioned later in the year.
Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills Councillor Nick Small has met with the European Commission in the last few months to press Liverpool’s case.
He said: “The news that Liverpool City Region will qualify for European Youth Guarantee is welcome news.
“Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues we face. We’ve lobbied long and hard for Liverpool to be able to access this funding pot. This funding will enable us to build on the work we’re doing on getting young people into work through the Mayoral Youth Contract.
“Since 2010 Liverpool City Council has helped 926 residents into apprenticeships and we’ve got big plans to build on this using the European Youth Guarantee and other funding pots.”