Extra £1.1m funds to help cut youth unemployment in Lincolnshire

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A five-year £1.1 million investment has been awarded to help 18 to 24 year-olds in Lincolnshire who have been out of work for more than 12 months.

The scheme will focus on areas of high unemployment, such as Lincoln, Boston, Skegness, and Gainsborough.

Youth unemployment in Lincoln for people aged between 18 and 24 was at 4.8% in December 2013 , 0.2% less than the UK average of 5%.

Talent Match, a Big Lottery Fund initiative, will be led by  the Prince’s Trust and Lincolnshire County Council to tackle youth unemployment.

The funding will support young people who are furthest away from being ‘work-ready’ to secure employment, or take up enterprising opportunities.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “The council already provides a lot of support to young people who are not in education, employment or training. However, there’s always more that can be done.

“We’ll be working with our partners to find the best ways to support local young people to boost their confidence and skills, and support them back into the workplace.

“I’m sure that, together, we can help many youngsters find a rewarding and fulfilling career.”

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