Work experience drive launched while Grantham youth unemployment figures continue to fall

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Young people in Grantham looking to join the workforce are being urged to use a new way of linking up with firms offering work experience.

The government-backed ‘WE can’ campaign is supported by 30 big name businesses and organisations, including several represented in Grantham.

The online resource is being launched in the week many school and college students have learned their A-level results.

The move coincides with a continuing fall in youth unemployment.

Figures for July show there were 105 18-24-year-old claimants in Grantham, ten fewer than in the previous month, a reduction of 8.7 per cent.

The figure is 125 fewer year on year, a fall of 54 per cent.

Grantham is following a national trend. Across the country youth unemployment has fallen by 38,000 in the past year and has fallen by 200,000 since 2010.

But continuing to help people new to the job market is seen as crucial.

Becky Newborough, a Lincolnshire Job Centre Plus manager, said: “We want young people to be in employment and are doing all we can to steer them in the right direction.

“With 14 million jobs likely to open up in the UK in the next decade, we need people to fill them.

“Employers tell us work experience is one of the things they look for when recruiting young people.

“I would urge young people to take advantage of the WE can scheme.

“Of the 30 national companies that have signed up several have local bases, including Marks and Spencer, Halfords, Morrison, and Whitbread.”

* The WE Can campaign can be accessed at http://workexperiencecan.tumblr.com/

* Adult unemployement also fell in July in Grantham. The claimant count was 578, down 28 on the previous month.