Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is announcing a £4 million investment in the in Greater Birmingham and Solihull area from a pot of government cash given to England's major cities. The money will be invested over the next 3 years, with the aim of helping more than 25,000 young people into jobs that last.
Welcoming this announcement, local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom said: "Youth unemployment is one of the coalition government's top priorities. This additional money will go straight to people who know our area best, giving local decision-makers the chance to invest in young people and the future prosperity of Birmingham."
The £4 million investment will be used to help young unemployed people from the local area so that they can benefit from regional job growth. Part of this will include investing in new jobs associated with Jaguar Land Rover's continued expansion. To help prepare young people for their new career, the area will create a new Apprenticeship Training Agency for the Advanced Manufacturing Sector. The cash will also see an expansion of an intensive local jobs campaign and Multi-Agency partnership to increase opportunities for young people. Crucially, the funding will help to target youth unemployment "hotspots" and offer intensive personalised support and mentoring to enable these young people to start an apprenticeship or get back to work.