While the Local Government Association has called for local councils to be given a bigger role in addressing youth unemployment, COMBEbusiness is already working to address this in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe in North Devon.
COMBEbusinessÂ hosted its first community apprentice event in February 2012 and is widening this to itsÂ youth employment, enterprise and training event from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 6 February at the Ilfracombe Centre.
Anyone can drop in to this free event:
Young people, students and jobseekers: to find out about opportunities, information and support.
Families: to learn more about how they can support children, grandchildren and young relatives get on to the careers ladder.
Businesses: to find out about what part they can play in employing apprentices and offering work experience as well as the funding and support available for this.
Every section of the community has a part to play in encouraging, supporting and advising young people choosing their future career path. Representatives from Careers South West, Construction Industry Training Board, Ilfracombe Arts College, Jobecentre Plus, Petroc and PLUSS will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions. Businesses will also be there to answer questions on working in different sectors and to give tips on job seeking.
COMBEbusiness welcomes all opportunities to unlock existing local expertise, advice and support within the community which can often produce powerful results.