Burnley Job Centre youth event

Burnley Job Centre has hosted a a ‘Pop up Youth Event' to help young people on benefits find work.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 2:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 2:35 pm
The Job Centre event was hailed as a success

Aimed at people aged 18-21 years who are claiming benefits, the event invited and partnered with various local providers and colleges to showcase the array of support available in and around our area.

The groups that attended included: Lancashire Adult Learning, Ingeus – Work and Health Programme, Burnley Football Club in the Community, North Lancs Training Group, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services, Princes' Trust, Burnley College – Themis.

Thomas Root, Burnley Job Centre Manager, said: "It was a great day with over 30 customers signposted to various provision.

"These events are extremely important to bring these organisations in to one place so each individual can find the right support for them. We thank all providers who attended and will look forward to more."

Meanwhile, it was revealed that 7,716 people in Burnley in the last year claimed Universal Credit.

In the North West, the number receiving Universal Credit has increased by 2.7% from 374,472 to 384,500, but a significant proportion remain unaware of additional support available through the benefit, such as childcare payments and rail fare discounts.

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “Unemployment in the North-West is down by over 50% since 2010 and we’re building on our £1.5 billion investment from the Local Growth Fund across the region to cut it even further.

"Creating good quality, well paid jobs across the Northern Powerhouse is at the heart of our plans to level up all parts of the country and ensure increased employment opportunities and even more chances for people to thrive and succeed.”