Chloe Smith’s most recent campaign aims to benefit around 1,000 young people in the Norwich area.
It is called Norwich for Jobs and seeks to halve Norwich youth unemployment in two years. Chloe and a team of city leaders are appealing to companies large, medium and small to take on a young person and help get young Norwich working.
Chloe launched Norwich for Jobs because she cares passionately about our city. It's a simple campaign, which aims to encourage local businesses to invest in young people, to connect young people with opportunities, and to focus the community on a common goal to get young Norwich working.
Chloe says “youth unemployment in particular is a problem for our generation and our debt-ridden economic times; it's for exactly them that the British economy has to be fixed. I don't want to see a generation lose out for want of opportunities. I want to see our city's businesses thrive and take on great talent. So, here in Norwich I believe we can do something together to help young people.”
The campaign is ambitious, but no one ever achieved anything without trying. It's about action. We hope you will help spread the word about this, because it's a fantastic opportunity to inspire local young people and the people who can give them a chance.
Please look for helpful information and progress on the Norwich for Jobs website: http://www.norwichforjobs.org.uk, and show your support on Twitter at @NorwichforJobs and Facebook at 'Norwich Foundation for Jobs'.
Prime Minister David Cameron backs Norwich for Jobs.
In a letter to Chloe, David Cameron said “I am delighted to hear about the Norwich Foundation For Jobs and wish everyone involved the best of success in helping your people into work. Investing in our young people is vital to help them achieve their aspirations and ensure Britain can compete in the global race. This is a great example of local government, colleges and employers working in partnership to get our young people into work.”
Some employers who have pledged their support:
Chapelfield Shopping Centre, City College Norwich, Heatrae Sadia, Howes Percival LLP, Marks & Spencer, May Gurney, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk County Council, Serco NNUH.