Youth jobs scheme signs first business

Polly Wilkinson, second from right, with job centre manager Julie Sharrocks,  Coun Neville Huxtable and Director of Customer Services for Hambleton District Council Sandra Walbran.
Polly Wilkinson, second from right, with job centre manager Julie Sharrocks, Coun Neville Huxtable and Director of Customer Services for Hambleton District Council Sandra Walbran.

A SCHEME to create new jobs for the young unemployed in Hambleton has signed up its first business.

Through the ‘Changing Lives Better Business’ initiative, Hambleton District Council is pumping £100,000 into boosting local businesses and getting 18 to 24-year-olds off the dole and back into the workplace.

Looby Lous Nursery, from Northallerton, is just one of the businesses that has shown interest in the scheme – local building and plumbing contractors are also keen to come on board.

“This scheme is the perfect opportunity for young people to earn while they learn,” said Polly Wilkinson, nursery manager of Looby Lous.

“With our help they could learn all the necessary skills and experience to start a possible new career – and get a nationally recognised qualification. Hambleton District Council is giving local businesses the opportunity to help do this.”

The scheme is aimed at small Hambleton-based businesses – with the authority helping to fund an apprentice scheme and an exclusive wage subsidy project. The latter will provide a cash pot to pay 50 per cent of the wages of 15 young people for six months. It will support 18 to 24-year-olds in their first year of work.

More than 40 Hambleton-based business leaders gathered at a special information evening in Northallerton last month to hear from the man behind the initiative – district council leader, Coun Neville Huxtable – as well as key organisers of the scheme.

Anyone who missed the event and wants more details may contact Pauline Sutton at Hambleton District Council on 01609 767105 or pauline.sutton@hambleton.gov.uk