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MORE young people are being helped onto the career ladder, latest figures have revealed.

The local branch of Connexions is backing the News Post Leader campaign ‘Keep Northumberland Working’ by saying there are opportunities out there for young people.

And for one group of 16 to 19-year-olds, Christmas has come earlier.

Personal advisers at igen Connexions helped the 93 find a job, training or educational opportunities before Christmas – helping reduce figures for those not in education, employment of training (NEET).

Sally Weir, head of service, said: “Personal advisers have set a new record in Northumberland for November.

“The number of leavers from NEET to positive starts is the highest progression rate this year.”

Connexions are aiming to hold the NEET level to 6.5 per cent by January 30, 2012.

Any company who thinks they can give an opportunity to a youngster should contact Kim on (01670) 798180.

She said successful outcomes are due to the highly skilled advisers and their network of skilled and supportive partners all pulling together to get a “win:win for everyone”.

A total of 15 young people gained apprenticeships in surveying, engineering, IT, hairdressing, motor vehicle, media design and joinery.

And a wide range of quality jobs with locally recognised training were also secured by 40 young people – from Berwick to Seaton Valley – with some of the jobs in sales, administration and catering.

Most of the jobs went to youngsters aged 18, but 23 young people aged 16 and 17 also secured employment.

New opportunities are now being sought in the county, especially in south east Northumberland, to help keep NEET figures for 16 to 19-year-olds as low as possible.