Liam Byrne today brought together local secondary heads, Business in the Community, Job Centres chiefs, and Birmingham City Council to discuss radical plans to close the gap between the 'class-room and the career'.


The summit was the next stage of the constituency's battle for youth jobs and follows on from the highly successful East Birmingham Youth Jobs Fair in July which saw nearly 2,500 young people attend.


Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, responding to a Sutton Trust report on apprenticeships, said:

“The out-of-touch Tory-led Government has not done enough to set minimum standards or support employers to create genuine new high high-quality apprenticeships, putting the trusted apprenticeship brand at risk.

East Birmingham has some of the highest youth unemployment in the country.

To tackle the problem head on, I’m teaming up with neighbouring MPs Shabana Mahmood and Jack Dromey to organise the first ever East Birmingham Youth Jobs Fair.

We’ve got a great line up including National Express, Royal Mail, Jaguar Land Rover, the Chambers of Commerce, Birmingham Airport and many more!

At the Jobs Fair there will be:

Labour councils are helping young people into work

By Liam Byrne

The Guardian, Thursday 31 January

Government programmes are failing young people, with almost one in five unemployed. Our youth jobs taskforce is fighting back.

As Britain’s youth jobs crisis deepens, it’s time for ministers to hand local council leaders the tools they need to make a difference.

Give us the tools to tackle youth jobs crisis, say councils
Labour councils demand new freedoms to fight for youth jobs as Work Programme fails young people
 Labour today called for new freedoms for councils to tackle the youth jobs crisis as analysis of the government’s Work Programme showed the programme found jobs for just 3.3% of young people.

Cuts to tax credits and benefits will push 200,000 children into poverty, Ministers admit

200,000 children will be pushed into poverty as a result of David Cameron and George Osborne’s real terms cuts to tax credits and other working-age benefits, according to official government figures.

Cllr Julie Dore and her team at Sheffield City Council have got some awful decisions to take over the weeks to come. Like all Labour councils they’re being hit disproportionately hard by the government’s cuts.  I was in town today with Labour’s Youth Jobs’ Taskforce research team to meet Angela Smith MP and hear how Labour’s leaders are fighting for Sheffield’s young people.


Labour’s Youth Jobs Taskforce rolled into Liverpool today to witness first-hand the City’s fight against youth unemployment. The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, visited Glendale Liverpool Ltd apprentices on site in St John’s Gardens and later met with Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor Paul Brant to discuss the city’s scheme.