First UK youth job centre set to halve unemployment in Ipswich

Judith Mobbs Suffolk County Council's assistant director for skills, Councillor David Ellesmere Ipsw

Judith Mobbs Suffolk County Council's assistant director for skills, Councillor David Ellesmere Ipswich Borough Council's leader, Councillor Matthew Hicks assistant cabinet member for education, skills and children's services, Paul Winter Ipswich Building Society chief executive and chair of the City Deal Board, Councillor Gordon Jones cabinet member for children's services, Angela Edwards Tomorrow�s People regional operations manager, Rod Jackson managing director of EOS - Credit: Archant

The UK’s first dedicated youth employment centre is now open at Fraser House in Ipswich.

MyGo will offer 16 to 24 year olds in Ipswich and the surrounding areas free training, career and employment support.

Led by businesses, local councils, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Jobcentre Plus, the programme aims to halve youth unemployment in the greater Ipswich area over the next two years.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said he was delighted that MyGo was beginning its important work this week.

“I am committed to achieving full employment for young people in Ipswich; MyGo will be vital to making that happen,” he said.

The project is funded by money unlocked through the Greater Ipswich City Deal – the government’s flagship programme to pass down power to local authorities and businesses.

Paul Winter, Ipswich Building Society chief executive and City Deal board chairman, said: “Having a dedicated centre where young people can go to receive expert advice to help them make important decisions about their future is crucially important.”

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EOS Works Ltd, a training and welfare company, has been appointed by Suffolk County Council to operate the MyGo Centre.

Outreach services will also be provided from mid 2015 to those living in Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal.

The MyGo centre will be staffed by Jobcentre Plus, EOS and national employment charity Tomorrow’s People employees.

Mr Gummer will accompany Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, to meet managers, caseworkers and young people at the centre on November 20.