Youth employment centre at Fraser House in Ipswich set to halve unemployment by 2016

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 Tomorrows 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 16-24 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; this 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 chair, 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 jointly staffed by Jobcentre Plus, EOS and national employment charity Tomorrow’s People employees.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, the council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “This centre is set to create and present our local young people an important opportunity not yet available to anyone else in the country.

“It is vital that we capture the attention of all young adults locally, explore their interests and build on their talents to better prepare them for the world of education, training or work.”

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.