Big cash boost for jobs
Published: 06 January 2012

County Hall bosses have unveiled plans to plough £50m into helping get people working
Lancashire County Council bosses have made a series of savings and investments in Government gilts which has enabled major investment in jobs and training.

County Council leader Geoff Driver said: “Young people are at the heart of our proposals because they are the future.

“We want them to stay and prosper in Lancashire when they leave education and we recognise the difficult economic climate is making that particularly hard to do at the present time.

“As well as helping them into employment, these proposals will give more young people across the county access to activities, information and guidance through the expansion of our Youth Zone programme.

“We also plan to direct some of this investment into providing the right infrastructure and other conditions that make Lancashire a good place to do business, so that employers want to relocate or expand their operations here and create jobs for local people.”

Among the plans is a £10m apprenticeships programme to help young people into work, supporting employers to take on apprentices and creating professional apprenticeships within the county council.

Plans have also been unveiled to invest £5m over five years to support the cost of young people travelling to education, employment and training.

There will be a £10m investment in a programme of measures to promote economic development, aimed at encouraging businesses to take on new staff.

A total of £6m is to be used for the extension of the Youth Zone programme to provide young people with more activities and opportunities to access information.

A £3m pot has been earmarked to employ armed forces veterans to mentor young people in secondary schools and £1m for refurbishing libraries.

The remaining £15m will be used for transport projects across the county

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