Funding boost for youth unemployment in North East

Young people in the North East are to benefit from funding aimed at tackling unemployment.

The money has come from Talent Match, a 100 million pound initiative from the Big Lottery Fund.

Cash has been awarded to two partnerships between charities, councils, employers and colleges in the region.

The North East partnership, led by the Wise Group, and the Tees Valley partnership, led by The Prince's Trust, have each received £50,000.

The partnerships presented their initial plans to the Big judging committee, led by personal films from local, unemployed young people.

They have now received development funding to draw up detailed plans for assessment later in the year.

Talent Match initiative puts charities at the heart of the partnerships, which will use lottery funding to help give those aged 18 to 24 and furthest from the jobs market, skills and opportunities.

"The key to Talent Match is making sure young people have a meaningful influence on how the programme helps them. The film clips young people produced were a great example of the skills and passion just waiting to be harnessed.

"With today's announcement we are clearing one of the final hurdles in the race to get desperately needed help to a generation of young people struggling to find employment and a fulfilling career."

– James Turner, Big Lottery Fund head of the North East region