Programme to aid job opportunities

North Tyneside and Northumberland Councils unveil a youth employment programme at Accenture at Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, with Accenture apprentices Ellie Gangel and Lewis Reed joined by Grant Davey-Leader of Northumberland County Council (centre). 'REF 2002155565

North Tyneside and Northumberland Councils unveil a youth employment programme at Accenture at Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, with Accenture apprentices Ellie Gangel and Lewis Reed joined by Grant Davey-Leader of Northumberland County Council (centre). 'REF 2002155565

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A new programme has been unveiled to help businesses create job opportunities for young people.

Over the next three years, Generation NE – a collaboration between five local authorities including Northumberland County Council and the NELEP – will support small and medium-sized businesses to increase sustainable employment opportunities for up to 2,000 young people.

The £4.5m programme, which forms part of the NELEP’s Growth Deal, will work with small to medium-sized businesses in the region to create sustainable employment for 2,000 young people aged between 17 and 24.

Coun Grant Davey, employability and inclusion lead for the Combined Authority and leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The launch of Generation NE will help ensure that all young people in the region believe they can, and have the ability, to secure a job.

“Investing in the workforce of tomorrow is one of the most effective ways for companies to strengthen their business.

“Generation NE will help facilitate this by working with employers to provide a simplified, coordinated and tailor-made package of high quality support as well as one-to-one advice on how they can increase the opportunities that they provide for young people.

“To launch the programme we brought together a number of key business owners and leaders in the youth employment agenda to discuss the issues that matter most to small and medium-sized businesses when it comes to future-proofing their workforce.”

Gill Southern, Joint Chair of the North East LEP’s Business Support Board, said: “It’s essential that small businesses are given expert support to employ more young people who are the future lifeblood of their companies and the wider North East economy.

“The £4.5m investment into Generation NE through the North East LEP’s Growth Deal is aimed at helping strengthen companies by offering a brighter future of job opportunities to local young people keen to get on the employment ladder.”

For more information on Generation NE visit www.generationne.co.uk or call 0191 598 7458.