A £4.5 million scheme to boost jobs will be unveiled today with new opportunities for up to 2000 young people across the North East.
Over the next three years, Generation NE – a collaboration between five councils and economic growth body the North East Local Enterprise Partnership – will support the region’s small businesses community to create new employmentopportunities.
Speaking ahead of a jobs and skills debate this morning Bob Paton, managing director of consultancy firm Accenture, which has so far taken on 50 apprentices, said: “It is great to see five North East Local Authorities and the NELEP coming together to launch Generation NE.
“As a company we’ve seen first-hand how both businesses and young people can benefit from the real-life work experience that an apprenticeship programme can offer, while allowing businesses to bring a fresh new outlook to the company.”
To mark the launch of the new programme Newcastle, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils were due to host a debate this morning at Accenture’s offices at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside.
Small to medium-sized businesses owners will hear how they can benefit from engaging with young people, and how it could be made easier for companies to give young people a chance in the workplace.
Councillor Grant Davey, employability and inclusion lead for the Combined Authority and Labour 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.