City Region secures £30 million job creation funding

By on 02/09/2009 in News

The City Region of Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country has successfully bid and won £22 million from the recently announced Government Future Jobs Fund and through its partnership will raise another £8-10 million which will create up to 3,500* jobs for unemployed youngsters, and adults living in unemployment hotspots. This figure may rise to just under 6,000 supported by another £15m funding from the Government.
Unemployment figures announced in April this year showed that 11.7% (13,950) of 18-24 year olds are already claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Birmingham. In the Black Country the claimant count increased to 47,139 and 29% of JSA claimants are aged 18-24. In Coventry claimants amounted to 11,188.

City Region Chair Coun Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, says:
“This is a significant opportunity for public, private and voluntary sector employers to create innovative, rewarding jobs for young people and others who face significant barriers in the labour market. 400 jobs are with our partner Groundwork West Midlands. Key to making this pot of money a success for the individual, the employer and local communities is the opportunity for further advancement through apprenticeships.
“We are proposing the creation of 3,484 jobs over the period September 2009 - March 2010. An additional 2,360 jobs may also be created following ongoing discussions with Government.

“The jobs will fall within the categories of environment, health and care, community development, administration and customer care, all top occupational areas that jobseekers are registering for. We will also be targeting those areas which can lead to more highly skilled opportunities such as environment, health and creative industries.

“The initiative will help and support the future growth of the City Region by ensuring a supply of relevantly skilled and experienced individuals to public, private and voluntary sector businesses in line with current and forecast labour market needs.”

* Jobs by area (of which 400 from Groundwork West Midlands)

• 1,764 in Birmingham,
• 200 in Coventry
• 239 in Dudley
• 73 in Telford
• 414 in Sandwell
• 163 in Solihull
• 310 in Walsall
• 321 in Wolverhampton

Coun Whitby says: “This successful City Region bid to the Future Jobs Fund will help thousands of long term unemployed young people get into work.

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