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Unemployment falls in the South West

There was good news on the jobs front today with unemployment in our region falling once again. New figures reveal the south west is one of the best places in the country to find work, second only to the South East.

But concern still surrounds the struggles facing young people - especially those without qualifications or training. Richard Payne reports.

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Bristol students positive about job prospects

Students about to graduate in the South West say they're confident about their chances of getting a job. It comes after the South West had the biggest fall in unemployment in the country last month. New job figures are expected to be announced later today.

It's thought an increase in work based learning will give new graduates a better chance of getting employment.

William Richardson, a graphic design student, is excited for the challenges ahead:-

Latest jobs figures

The latest unemployment figures for the region will be announced later.

Recently there's been a rise in the number of people in full time work, but this week Bristol City Council announced that 800 jobs there are at risk.

The authority says it has no choice but to look at redundancies as it tries to bridge a £90million funding gap after budget cuts from central government.

Job Centre Credit: ITV News West Country

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Wiltshire's 'wannabe' police

Wiltshire Police is holding a second recruitment drive this year. When they held one in January 300,000 people logged on to the computerised entry form within two hours - so they shut the operation down.

This time the force has reassured wannabe officers that the application process will be open for ten days.

But why is the force doing this so soon after the last one?

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

Wiltshire Police to hold second recruitment drive

Wiltshire Police is holding a second recruitment drive this year.

When they held one in January 300,000 people logged on to the computerised entry form within two hours - so they shut the operation down.

This time the force has reassured wannabe officers that the application process will be open for ten days.

This is a tough application process and often applicants who made it through the first few stages don’t make it all the way through.

It is our job to ensure that this recruitment process enables us to get the right people for the role, giving us the best candidates as police officers.

This time, we are opening the recruitment online pre-assessment tool for ten days.

It will be accessible 24 hours a day and will close at 10am on Friday 22 November.

It takes around 46 weeks to progress through the various stages from the initial application stage to the date employment starts.

– Superintendent Charlie Armstrong, Head of People Standards and Support, Wiltshire Police

In total, 41 candidates of the 1064 applicants were successful from the January recruitment campaign.

Successful candidates are currently on provisional offers, subject to passing upcoming entry tests.

I am delighted that we are in a position to recruit additional police officers.

Although the service is facing many challenges, policing remains an excellent career choice.

It offers an exceptionally diverse career in public service, offering individuals the chance to make a real difference to local communities.

– Chief Constable Pat Geenty, Wiltshire Police

This recruitment campaign will help us to maintain police officer numbers and ensure that there continues to be a highly visible policing presence in our local communities.

We are also particularly encouraging applications from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police.

– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon
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