Review launched into teenage employment chances

THE RISING problem of youth unemployment in Eastbourne will be tackled by a new initiative.

A council-led review has been launched to investigate the training and employment opportunities available for 16-19 year olds in Eastbourne.

The review will look at ways in which the council can help reduce the number of people who are not in education, employment or training, by 2014.

With the rising concern about the increasing number of youths unemployed nationally, the review will help Eastbourne Borough Council in its commitment to create both a thriving community and economy.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth said, “It is vital that we do all we can to explore new ways to develop training and employment opportunities for young people in Eastbourne. Stimulating employment and economic development are key objectives for the council and we need to build upon the success of the apprenticeships campaign.”

The council will consult a number of businesses and sectors to gain a good understanding of the issue, such as Sussex Downs College, YMCA and Princes Trust. There will also be a feature on the council’s website and Facebook page giving the public the opportunity to tell the council what they think about training and employment opportunities in Eastbourne.

Councillor Alun Cooke, said, “This review into employment and training opportunities is crucial for the council so we have a better understanding of the issues young people are facing. Getting opinions from local businesses and the public will help us work towards improving the unemployment rate for the young of Eastbourne.”

The review, being carried out by the council’s scrutiny committee, will start on March 12, and will run until June 15 with the final report and findings being presented on July 2.