Job Box expanding services as unemployment figures drop again
Unemployment figures out today show a further reduction in the number of people out of work in Telford and Wrekin.
The figures show that the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) has fallen again, by 5%, from 2,405 in September to 2,285 in October.
The number of 16-24 year olds claiming JSA has fallen again, at a rate of 3%, from 720 in September, down to 695 in October.
The number of 16-24 year olds claiming JSA has fallen by over a third in the last 12 months.
Telford & Wrekin Council has committed to reducing unemployment levels in the borough, particularly high levels of youth unemployment, and earlier this year launched the Job Box.
The Job Box was set up to pull together a range of education, training and employment support and its services have helped many local people into employment and many more are now being supported.
During Global Entrepreneurship Week, which starts on Monday (17 NOV), the Job Box will launch its latest addition, Young Telford.
The Young Telford programme will help young people, aged 18-24 years old, in the borough to start their own business and get them on their way to being self-employed.
Young Telford is based at the Start Up Hub in Hadley Park and will help young people to start a business and provide everything needed to start and grow a self employed career.
Telford & Wrekin will be one of the first Councils in the country to launch a programme to help more of their young people start their own business.
Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “The latest JSA figures show that people in the borough are finding jobs.
“We’re working hard to ensure that local people find work and training opportunities.
“The Job Box services are helping our local young people to find ways into employment.
“The Job Box isn’t just for 16-24 year olds; we have a range of services, including our successful and popular Job Junctions which offer help and advice to anyone in the borough seeking work and training.
“There are still many people who have been claiming JSA for longer than 12 months out of work and we need to find a way to help these people.
“This highlights the continuing difficulty experienced by long-term JSA claimants in finding jobs and we need to ensure we are doing everything we can for those who have been out of work for longer.
“We’re keen to ensure that unemployment figures in the borough continue on a downward trend and that we can help and support everyone to find employment and training opportunities that work for them.
“I am continuing to demand that Central Government match fund our £1.4 million investment to give our young people the chance they deserve.”