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Councils in action: Newcastle City Council

Ged Bell
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Ged Bell: ‘We are committed to providing residents with training and employment opportunities’

Creating job and training opportunities is a priority for Newcastle City Council. Together with our public and private sector partners, we are creating the right conditions for Newcastle to become a working city – committed to providing residents with training and employment opportunities; to getting families off welfare and back on their feet.

Our £450m capital investment programme is at the heart of this and Newcastle Futures is our lead agency for supporting people into jobs and training opportunities. The not-for-profit service has helped 6,000 people into work since it was created seven years ago by the council and Jobcentre Plus. 

This programme offers intensive support to residents in some of the city’s most deprived communities, helping them to grow in confidence, improve skills, gain qualifications, explore career options and get back into jobs and training.

It also helps employers to connect residents with job opportunities and, at the same time, acts as a platform for tackling the really big issues facing the city, such as digital and financial inclusion, child poverty and welfare reform.

It’s a collaboration that works; two very different organisations with a single purpose – to get Newcastle working. That’s why both partners have pledged their support for the programme, in spite of shrinking resources.

Newcastle Futures has a key role in future plans, such as the City Deal, which has the potential to create up to 13,000 jobs on Tyneside over 25 years.

The council also directly employs 93 apprentices in jobs from adult social care to ICT and accountancy. We continue to promote and co-ordinate the development of apprenticeships across the city.

Ged Bell (Lab), cabinet member for investment and development, Newcastle City Council

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