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A local solution to a European issue - Newcastle Futures

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Published on May 6, 2015

Combating unemployment is an important challenge for Newcastle City Council.

In 2007 the city created a not for profit company called 'Newcastle Futures Ltd'. Newcastle Futures is an innovative service designed to enhance the services provided by the national public employment service in the UK, JobCentre Plus.

By integrating services at local level and providing specialised support to vulnerable groups in the area, such as young adults, over 50s, single parents and people living in deprived areas it reduces duplication of services and saves resources.

As part of the service Newcastle Futures staff go out into the community meeting people in informal settings including, childcare centres, youth centres, libraries and even cafes. It also offers clients help with things like budget management, ICT skills and interview preparation.

Through Newcastle Futures, the city has managed to enhance the standard employability support services by tailoring them to local needs and since the scheme was set up it has helped over 5,000 people into employment.

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