£130m Leicestershire City Deal to unlock thousands of apprenticeships

Thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships will be created as part of the £130m Leicester and Leicestershire City Deal, the ‘Young Persons Pledge’ which aims to combat youth unemployment among 16-24-year-olds in the area.

The programme will establish a case work support service that will give young people 1-2-1 advice on education, training, or finding work. An Employment and Apprenticeship Hub will also promote apprenticeships and traineeships to local businesses.

It is thought that the City Deal will create 1,400 new jobs and 4,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in Leicestershire.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “We’re giving Leicester the freedom, power and tools to be really innovative and design whole new ways of building a stronger economy and fairer society. This City Deal puts power in the hands of local people who know best what skills are needed in the area to give it a real chance of changing the fortunes of thousands of people across Leicestershire.”