Birmingham & Black Country

Wolverhampton MP behind youth work experience bid

A major work experience drive for young people is being launched in Wolverhampton where unemployment is nearly twice the national average.

Firms and the public sector are being asked on Friday to give people aged 18 to 24 the chance to have six to eight weeks of work experience.

New Cross Hospital and Wolverhampton Homes have joined the scheme.

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden are part of the project.

Mr McFadden said Wolverhampton South East is the 14th highest for unemployment out of 650 constituencies across the UK, with unemployment among those aged 18 to 24 nearly twice the national average.

'Do what we can'

"I'm very worried about a lost generation of young people," he said.

"We're not pretending work experience is the same as a job.

"But we are saying we should all do that we can to help young people find work."

The Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and the Black Country job centre are also part of the scheme.

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