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Town pulls together to help young unemployed

Friday, 15th June 2012.

A scheme aimed at helping young unemployed people in Haverhill into jobs held a special Apprenticeships Day today at the Leisure Centre.

It was organised by Supporting Young Haverhill, a group created a year ago with representatives from education, Jobcentre Plus, the voluntary sector, Haverhill Town Council, the Prince’s Trust, the Chamber of Commerce and the churches.

At the end of the afternoon organisers were pleased with how it had gone and described the day as very successful.

Haverhill’s MP Matthew Hancock came along to lend his support and praised the initiative as being an example of the whole town coming together to help its young people.

Mary Taylor of West Suffolk College, a member of the steering group for the event, said they had been working varioius issues such as employee liaison and raising the aspirations of youngsters.

Jobcentre Plus had invited 200 young people to attend the eventand,although they didn't all come along, Mary said they were pleased with the numbers who had turned up and there had been plenty of successes among them.

John Davey of System Training, which provides warehousing and logistics training and works closely with the jobcentre said it had been a very good day and holding a similar sort of event more often could be beneficial.

Among the organisations who had stands at the event were the enterprise agency MENTA, Cambridge Regional College, Jobcentre Plus, property agents CXG and Chelsea Football Club.

Mr Hancock said youth unemployment nationally was far too high and although in Haverhill it was lower than in many places it was important to give every young person the best chance of getting a job.

"I am delighted to be here to support the Supporting Young People project," he said. "It's a great example of the whole town working together."

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