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European funding bid to increase region’s skills

European funding could help provide more skills and employment for young people across the Liverpool City Region.

Apprenticeships on projects to develop schools, hospitals and housing across Liverpool have been encouraged, however a bid for funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) has been submitted to increase opportunities further.

According to figures from October 2015, seven in every 100 16 to 18-year-olds in the city are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

If the bid is successful, funds will be used to develop an enhanced careers information advice and guidance service.

Liverpool City Council’s assistant mayor and cabinet member for education, employment and skills, Councillor Nick Small, says: “We’ve made progress in getting more young people into education, employment and training such as by encouraging apprenticeships on the city’s school, house and hospital building programmes but there is much more to do.

“What we want to do is identify and target those young people who need additional support and properly assessing them before coming up with the right help and guidance.”

A report to be discussed by the council’s cabinet members tomorrow (Friday 5 February) recommends starting the tender process ahead of the funding announcement so that, if the bid is successful, a contractor can be formally appointed to start work as soon as possible.