WASHINGTON and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson has called on Wearside traders to give young unemployed people a leg up on the job ladder as part of a nationwide month of action later in the year.
Feeding Britain’s Future, run by the Institute of Grocer Distribution, will see thousands of unemployed youngsters from across the country go into farms, factories and stores to get free skills training throughout September, and Mrs Hodgson has written to major food businesses in her constituency to encourage them to sign up.
The MP made the plea after last week’s employment figures showed that long-term youth unemployment in her Washington and Sunderland West constituency continues to rise, with 235 young people aged between 18 and 24 out of work for a year or more as of April – up 12 per cent on the previous year.
Mrs Hodgson said: “Youth unemployment – and particularly long-term youth unemployment – is a huge and growing concern in our area, and I want to do everything I can to try and stem that growth.”
Last year, 70 businesses took part in the scheme.
To register, log on to www.igd.com/feedingbritainsfuture.