Next stop Birmingham's biggest youth jobs fair

The three MPs responsible for organising Birmingham's biggest Youth Jobs Fair and the events sponsor National Express West Midlands today called on young people looking for work in the city to make the most of the event on Friday 5 July at the Matthew Boulton Campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College.

National Express West Midlands, Birmingham's biggest private sector employer, will be joined by other big names showcasing their career opportunities such as Royal Mail, Capitol FM, Birmingham City Council and JLR.

The event, initiated by Liam Byrne following last year’s successful youth jobs fair in Hodge Hill, brings together Birmingham’s three front-bench MPs, Birmingham City Council, Business in the Community and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in a cross-city drive to tackle youth unemployment.

East Birmingham has the worst youth unemployment in Britain. Hodge Hill has the highest youth unemployment in Britain and Ladywood the second highest.

The event will launch the city’s new The City’s Young Talent for Business programme which offer big financial incentives to employers to open up apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship opportunities to young people.

The fair which is expected to attract hundreds of young job seekers from across the city will run between 10am-3pm and will also have many local apprenticeship opportunities.

Liam Byrne MP said: "We’re determined to give our young people the best thing we can offer in life: a chance. The first ever East Birmingham Youth Jobs Fair sees the city pull together like never before to connect our young people with a host of great careers. There will be hundreds of job and apprenticeship opportunities on show with some of the country's biggest employers."

Shabana Mahmood MP said: "We have organised the Youth Jobs Fair to highlight the hundreds of job and apprenticeship opportunities that are available here in Birmingham. I urge young people from across the city, but especially in Ladywood, to come and see the great careers that are on offer in our area."

Jack Dromey MP said: "Starting a career and getting your foot in the door is difficult, especially in the current economic climate. The Youth Jobs Fair will help young people in Birmingham see and speak to the city's biggest employers about the great careers they have on offer. I urge local young people to make the most of the fair, it really could change their life."

Peter Coates Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said: "As Birmingham's biggest private sector employer we have an important role to play in the local economy and jobs market. We are committed to getting more young people behind the wheels of our vehicles and helping them build rewarding careers in a company rooted in their local area."

Photograph shows (l-r): Liam Byrne MP, Jack Dromey MP, National Express West Midlands Managing Director Peter Coates, and Shabana Mahmood MP

Published 1st July 2013