Liverpool receives £5.9m jobs boost

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Liverpool city centre. Photo: Ida Husøy

Liverpool city centre. Photo: Ida Husøy

The UK Government has confirmed that the Liverpool City Region has been awarded £5.9 million to help young people into work.

The funding will be used to support unemployed youths in Merseyside, including the areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

It is expected to help around 4,900 young people into jobs.

Chair of the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board, Richard Else, said: “Young people were clear as to what support they wanted when we asked them as part of the Youth Unemployment Task Force.”

He added: “This funding will allow us to put control in their hands so that they get the help they need to get them into work.”

A personal budget will be given to young people looking for jobs, that can be used to gain assistance in CV building and help with travel costs.

Young people with disabilities and care leavers will also benefit from the funding allocation, ensuring that they have access to local jobs.

Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Ron Round, said: “Ask any local authority leader and they will tell you that economic growth and jobs are top of their wish-list right now. This Government funding will help our young people to access employment opportunities across our region.”

Youth unemployment in the UK during July and September of this year fell by 9,000 to 956,000.

The number of people unemployed in the UK during the same time period fell by 7.6%, which is the lowest rate in more than three years.

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