Local MP delighted that Investment in Youth Employment is coming to the Meriden constituency
Local MP Caroline Spelman has welcomed The Big Lottery Fund’s launch of Talent Match, a £100 million investment aimed at tackling youth unemployment in areas of England hardest hit by the economic downturn. Solihull is among the 21 areas where five year investments ranging from £1 million to £10 million will be made. The money will target hotspots across England where those aged 18-24 are finding it hardest to secure jobs or training opportunities.
Talent Match will put charities at the heart of local partnerships established between local councils, charities, employers, and colleges to work up proposals on how they will best use lottery funding to help match the talents of young people in their hotspot with skills and opportunities.
Caroline said: “I was delighted to hear that Solihull has been chosen for Big Lottery Fund investment. This money will help young people who may feel that their employment prospects at the moment look a bit discouraging. It’s a great idea that the Big Lottery Fund have decided to work with an advisory panel of young people as they plan ways to tackle youth unemployment and use this money most effectively. I can’t think of a better way to really understand the task ahead as we try to create the best opportunities for the next generation.
“This is an ambitious project, but I am confident that it will make a difference and I look forward to hearing about the success stories it will create in my constituency.”
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk .