CALDERDALE Cabinet last night backed a refreshed strategy to get more people working.
Figures show that as of December 2012 there were 6,500 people in the borough on Jobseekers Allowance, of which 1,800 were aged 18-24 and the majority of them male.
Calderdale says there is a “growing number of looked after children who lack employability skills, and low motivation” who need assistance.
There’s a further 500 young people not in education or employment who have limited knowledge of work, and lack confidence and work ethic.
In a bid to lead the way, the authority helped create 61 apprenticeships in business last year.
The newly-backed strategy aims to increase skill levels amongst the district workforce to access quality employment, increase employment for disadvantaged groups, people with disabilities, increase attainment levels of young people by age 19 and increase the number of new businesses and social enterprises.
They want to reduce the number of unemployed young adults aged 18-24 below 1,200 by the end of 2015.