Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

Ipswich: Youth unemployment falls to just 750 - down 43% from 2012 - but City Deal apprenticeships could reduce figure further

07:00 21 March 2014

Ben Gummer MP for Ipswich

Ben Gummer MP for Ipswich

Archant

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer today hailed new figures which show the number of unemployed young people in the town has nearly halved in just two years, but he declared there is still plenty of work to do and he is determined to see that number edge closer to zero.

shares

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics, there were 750 unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 24 in Ipswich last month, compared with 1,320 in February 2012 – a fall of more than 43%.

It also compares favourably with May 2010, when the figure was 25% higher, at 1,010.

Mr Gummer believes initiatives like the City Deal and an improvement in apprenticeships, which he described as being proper, old-fashioned and attractive to young people, were some of the major reasons behind the fall.

He said: “I’m really pleased.

“Youth unemployment started going up well before the recession and there were a number of factors that caused that and these figures show we are getting to grips with that, but there is a lot more to be done.

“The City Deal will make a huge number of apprenticeships in the town, which will help reduce these figures even further.”

Mr Gummer has claimed that previously there was too much emphasis on people going to university and that apprenticeships have not offered enough to young people.

He sees the latest figures as a major victory, but the focus is now turning towards the future.

Mr Gummer was clear that he wants to continue to see the figure fall and he is determined that more vocational options to young people will be a big driving force behind that.

He added: “The important thing is that between 2012 and now, we have really got to grips with it. We can see in these figures that we are making progress.

“I think we can do better than that and get that figure closer to zero – and I want to do that.”

Have you started an apprenticeship recently? Give us your thoughts on the figures and Mr Gummer’s comments by writing in the space below.

shares

4 comments

  • Agree. The statistics only count the individuals who are on their books as unemployed and receiving benefits. But many, MANY more are not claiming anything because they are supported by their families, and are thus not included; have been pushed into full-time education instead; or have simply been removed from the statistics by having their claims rejected or terminated. These "statistics" prove nothing at all, and at worst, may be called fraudulent.

    Report this comment

    blue&white

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Well Ben, we all know why the 'figures' are down, don't we !, the tories are experts at massaging figures !!, shifting people off one register just to make the figures look good is NOT the real answer !!

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • 750, really. Believe that you'll believe anything. Being realistic they can only count the ones they know are claiming benefits anyway, what about the ones that are not! I seriously doubt that figure is anywhere near correct.

    Report this comment

    You What

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Well Ben, we all know that the tories are experts at massaging the figures !, moving people off of one register to make the figures look good, is NOT the answer !, the one real answer you will get is in May 2015 !!

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Friday, March 21, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The new Ipswich police headquarters from insurance company offices in Civic Drive in July 1968

In the summer of 1968 the Ipswich Police Station moved from under the Town Hall to a new building at the junction of Civic Drive and Elm Street. 
Last June work started to demolish this landmark building and the site is now being converted to a temporary surface car park.

Ipswich is to have two Poundland stores on opposite sides of Carr Street.

A third Poundland store is to open in Ipswich town centre at the weekend.

Beautiful May morning on the seafront at Felixstowe. 
Galley 
Weather

Parts of Suffolk are expected to be hotter than the Spanish island of Ibiza this weekend, with temperatures set to rise to 22 degrees Celsius.

The Middy in the war years event at Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett.

A large number of visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway’s annual 1940s event during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Ipswich Town Hall.

District councils in Suffolk and north Essex spent more than £20million on redundancy packages over a five-year period, with some departing staff receiving six-figure payouts, an investigation has found.

Mulberry Tree owner Des Scicluna who has been having problems with N Power for the last four years.

A frustrated pub landlord has taken action after an energy supplier pursued him for unpaid bills for more than four years – despite the firm never having supplied gas or electricity to the establishment.

Return of a duck family to Holbrook Academy. Students are excited to see them develop. Teacher Frank Anstee-Parry introducing some students to the chicks.

A Suffolk school has welcomed the return of one of its most popular guests – a doting duck and its adorable ducklings.

Alice Grange Care Home in Kesgrave.

A Kesgrave care home is still performing below standards expected by the health watchdog a year after concerns were first raised.

Network Rail engineers working at Harold Wood.

More than half a mile of track was replaced by Network Rail engineers on the main line to London over the bank holiday.

Drug-drivers banned

Three drug-drivers have lost their licences after appearing before Ipswich magistrates.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24