Leader tackles city youth unemployment

By on 22/01/2013 in Leader, News
Cllr Sir Albert Bore

Cllr Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, today launched the final report for the Birmingham Commission on Youth Unemployment.

He was joined at the launch by:

  • members of his Cabinet – Cllrs Tahir Ali (Development, Jobs and Skills), John Cotton (Social Cohesion and Equalities) and Brigid Jones (Children and Family Services);
  • other members of the commission David Taylor (University Hospitals Birmingham), Karen Woodward (National Apprenticeship Service) and Richard Riley (Small Heath School - case studied in the report);
  • Mark Bennett of employer Network Rail;
  • and young people Jake Cooper and Courtney Daniel (briefs on their employment situation below)

Jake Cooper, Chelmsley Wood

Came forward to an opportunity that the Employment Access Team was recruiting to as part of the Birmingham Gateway New Street Station redevelopment project.

Unemployed for 7 months on Job Seekers Allowance prior to starting with Coleman & Co on 30th August 2011 as an Apprentice Demolition Supervisor.  He applied via the National Apprenticeship Service online website having been referred to it by the Jobcentre.

Up until this point Jake had made many applications online but had never been called back, he found this really hard and was feeling demotivated as there seemed to be limited jobs in construction available.  He did sign on with some temporary agencies but again there was not much work and he didn't have the required experience and skills to undertake the more specialised jobs.

Following his application he was contacted by the Employment Access Team and invited to attend the “Meet the Employer Session” where he along with the other applicants had the opportunity to present himself to the employer and learn about the company and the job opportunity.  He found this very helpful as he found out about the employer and the job – it motivated him to want to work for them.

Courtney Daniel, unemployed resident from Aston (high unemployment hot spot)

Courtney has been unemployed for over 6 months, on JSA, currently on the DWP Work Programme and has recently applied for a Customer Service Assistant role with Network Rail.  Courtney was shortlisted for the Assessment Centre stage as he was a priority candidate, unemployed, Birmingham resident and had some customer service experience.  He passed the Assessment Centre and has now been shortlist to attend the 2 week pre employment training before he goes forward to a guaranteed employer interview with Network Rail.

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