City's jobs plan includes investing in apprenticeships
A plan to create 2,000 jobs in Plymouth will see a "short burst of activity" to arrest the city's rising unemployment, the council leader has said.
The Plan for Jobs initiative, unveiled yesterday, sets out a 19-point manifesto to get local people working by speeding up development projects, promoting the city to new employers and investing in apprenticeship schemes.
Devised by a task force including business leaders, housing trusts and university bosses, the plan aims to create more than 2,000 jobs over the next two years, focusing particularly on young people and the long-term unemployed.
Speaking at the launch, council leader Tudor Evans said the city's unemployment – which stands at 6,100 people – is in need of urgent action.
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"Our one priority when we launched our manifesto was issuing a plan for jobs," he said. "I am really pleased to be able to say that the plan is fulfilled today.
"It is a plan that is rooted in realism and the reason I can say that is because the people here have invested in helping us get this plan together."
The 19 points include plans to re-vamp the struggling West End of the city, along with redevelopment projects for Plymouth Pavilions and Home Park.
The aim is to speed up house building by bringing forward council-owned land for development, and to establish Plymouth as a "national centre for mass-produced zero carbon homes." Mr Evans said: "Anyone who has been unemployed or has had someone in their family who is out of work knows the impact it can have on every aspect of a person's life and those around them.
"Confidence goes out the window, their health and mental wellbeing suffers, they have no money."
In October there were 6,300 people claiming unemployment benefit – 3.6% of the city's working age population.