College in line for cash

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SUNDERLAND College has received a cash boost in a bid to beat youth unemployment and get students into the workplace.

The college is one of 25 nationally which has been chosen by the Government to get a slice of money to provide better work experience for students.

Over two years the Wearside college will get £160,000. Up to £1,000 per student can be used to secure work experience which best complements their college course.

The aim is to improve the chances of them staying on their course, doing well and getting a job at the end of it.

This latest move is part of the Government’s plans, published this week, to increase the participation of 16 to 24-year-olds in education, training and work.

Building Engagement, Building Futures, sets out the Government’s strategy to improve the opportunities for young people, so they can succeed in education and training and gain the skills they need to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

The five priorities for action are:

l Raising attainment in school and beyond to ensure that young people have the skills they need to compete in a global economy;

l Helping local partners to provide effective and coordinated services that support all young people, including the most vulnerable;

l Encouraging employers to inspire and recruit young people by offering more high quality apprenticeships and work experience places;

l Ensuring that work pays and giving young people the personalised support they need to find it;

l Putting in place a new Youth Contract worth almost £1billion over the next three years to help get young people learning or earning before long-term damage is done.

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