Youth on agenda for Ed’s Leeds visit today

Ed Miliband is in Leeds today
Ed Miliband is in Leeds today
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Labour leader Ed Miliband will be in Leeds today to set out the party’s pitch to young people as he gives details of Labour’s ‘Youth Pledge’.

He has already made a string of commitments to young people, including guaranteeing an apprenticeship to every school leaver who qualifies and a job to every young person unemployed for over a year.

Also, Government figures released yesterday by the Department of Work and Pensions show thousands of young people in Leeds have been taking up work placements over the last few years in a scheme to boost employability.

The statistics show the city’s jobseekers have taken part in more than 6,770 voluntary employer-led placements or work experience through the Jobcentre Plus since January 2011. Nationally, more than seven in ten were young people, aiming to boost skills and experience to help them move into work, as recent figures show the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is now at its lowest since the 1970s.

Employment minister Esther McVey said: “The young people I meet tell me that they need work experience to get a job – but they need a job to get work experience. That’s why we hugely expanded our schemes, which have now benefited nearly half a million people,.”

The news comes as the YEP held its latest Voice of Leeds 2015 summit last night which tackled the topic youth unemployment in the city.

Figureheads from the public, private and third sectors gathered at the YEP’s office to debate the issue and find ways to help stamp it out in Leeds.

** See Saturday’s YEP for a full report on the summit.