£5m fund helps Sheffield’s young jobless

Deputy PM Nick Clegg
Deputy PM Nick Clegg

Jobless youngsters in Sheffield are to receive an extra £5 million of Government investment to help get them into work or training.

The funding has been announced today by Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Cities Minister Greg Clark.

Eight cities in total are receiving grants, with the aim of helping more than 25,000 young people, with Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and Nottingham also benefiting.

Mr Clegg said: “Helping young people to succeed is crucial to our economic recovery. That is why I am pleased to announce a Government investment for Sheffield to help get more young people into jobs.

“This is a multi-million pound cash boost to invest in young people and the future prosperity of the city, making our society fairer so everyone has the chance to get on in life.

“Investment like this, paired with a determination to tackle youth unemployment, by our great cities, has the genuine power to change the fortunes of young people across the region, whether it’s with extra training, improving education, or apprenticeships.”

Decisions on how the money is spent will be made locally within Sheffield and the surrounding city region.

But Mr Clegg said the funding is aimed at providing mentoring for long-term youth unemployed and young people who have recently lost their jobs.

Mr Clegg said: “We want to drive down youth unemployment which has been a persistent problem.”

The Government funding has been made as part of the City Deal initiative, under which Sheffield and surrounding areas – which include Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield and North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – have received extra cash.

Some £500 million has been allocated to spend on infrastructure projects over the next 10 years, plus tens of millions for apprenticeships and training programmes to reduce unemployment.