Councillor calls for schools and businesses to boost youth employment

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A SENIOR Chesterfield-based councillor has written to the Deputy Prime Minister urging him to help forge a partnership between schools and businesses to help solve the problem of youth unemployment as A Level results are announced.

Cllr Tony Rogers, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Derbyshire County Council, wrote to Nick Clegg welcoming the launch of the Deputy Prime Minister’s £1bn Youth Contract which aims to provide jobs for 160,000 unemployed young people between 16 and 24.

The councillor took the opportunity to urge the Deputy Prime Minister to consider establishing a partnership between secondary school headteachers and employers to help young people find work.

In the letter, Cllr Rogers said: “No one will know better the potential of those leaving school than the teachers who have taught them. They will know whether they have the potential to be good labourers, tradesmen, store men, clerical workers, nurses, doctors, or even potential scientists.

“Placing school leavers in the hands of Job Centres is a road to eventual despair.

“A partnership between headteachers and employers would be much more beneficial than students putting their future in the hands of job centres.“