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Rise in Spalding area's youth unemployment

Youth unemployment has been risen during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures have shown.

A total of 600 16 to 24-year-olds claimed unemployment benefits in Spalding during June 2020 compared with 225 in June 2019.

Young people are most likely to work in pubs, restaurants and shops, which were forced to close during the lockdown.

Zoe Whitmore from NACRO (38975285)
Zoe Whitmore from NACRO (38975285)

Nacro Spalding, offers personalised Study Programmes and traineeships for those aged 14-18 year olds, is calling on youngsters to stay in education.

Principal Zoe Whitmore said: “Not since the 1980s have we seen a collapse of the youth labour market like we are seeing today. Many young people find their plans on hold and the rug pulled out from under them. But there are options out there.

" It is important now that young people stay in education and training and prepare for the jobs market of the future to give them the best chance in this more competitive future.

“Local Further Education and skills providers like Nacro are best placed to do this. They know the local job markets, they have time to work with learners as individuals, link them to employers and they can build trust with young people to get the best out of them.”

The team in Spalding are also keen to work with local employers to find out what skills are needed in the local job market.

To find out more about what is on offer at the Nacro site go to: www.nacro.org.uk/services/lincolnshire/spalding-centre/

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