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Barking and Dagenham council and Jobcentre Plus join forces to cut unemployment

PUBLISHED: 13:53 21 July 2013

Paul Fisher from Jobcentre Plus with Cllr Cameron Geddes

Paul Fisher from Jobcentre Plus with Cllr Cameron Geddes

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A new initiative to cut the number of unemployed people has been set up between Barking and Dagenham Council and Jobcentre Plus.

The council will target 18 to 24-year-old benefits claimants by offering 30 apprenticeships, while Jobcentre Plus will ensure local companies get as many of their recruits from local people before a wider recruitment reach is made.

The target of the new agreement is to reduce by 15 per cent the number of unemployed people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance by March 2014.

They will also aim to achieve the same reduction in the number of long-term unemployed and young claimants aged 18 to 14.

Progress on the agreement will be reviewed quarterly to check that it is on track.

Last Monday (15) the agreement was signed in Barking by Cllr Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration and Paul Fisher, Jobcentre Plus’ district manager.

Cllr Geddes commented: ““One of the Council’s main priorities is to tackle the problem of worklessness. Working in partnership with the Jobcentre Plus and local employers, we are committed to making a difference and reducing the number of unemployed residents.

“Through the council’s successful apprentice scheme, we will help young people into work and training opportunities to help them build a positive future.”

A similar apprentice scheme last year saw young people recruited for childcare and business administration roles, with apprentices still working in their posts across the voluntary sector and across a range of childcare providers.

Paul Fisher said: “With this joined up approach we are confident that we will be able to give the support and help our customers need to move into sustainable jobs.

“This approach will help us build on the good reductions in unemployment levels we have already seen across the borough.”


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