Liam with Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, Cllr Ansar Ali Khan and the Future Melting Pot team at the convention

Press Statement – Friday 16th October 2015
***For Immediate Release***

Byrne welcomes new city drive for youth jobs in Hodge Hill

Liam Byrne MP today joined forces with Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Penny Holbrook to launch ‘EmployAbility Employers Convention' – asking city employers to pledge new jobs for Hodge Hill young people.

The convention provided an opportunity for businesses to pledge employment opportunities to unemployed young people in Birmingham Hodge Hill.

Following the convention a pilot project will begin in East Birmingham focussing on employer support and young people out of work and education. The project will run in both Shard End and Washwood Heath and looks to move at least twenty of the most disadvantaged young people into employment.

The project will also build an employers network and unlock jobs by providing support to employers who take on young people.

Liam Byrne said: “I’m very proud to have taken on an apprentice from Hodge Hill into my office team.  And if I can, so can city employers.  This is a great council-led initiative. It is so important that we get our young people out of unemployment and into work. Hodge Hill has the third highest youth unemployment rate in the country. So I am pleased that the Council are pledging more resources to help our young people into work.”