PLANS to tackle high levels of youth unemployment have been drawn up by Derbyshire County Council.
Despite the number of 16 and 17-year-olds without a job or in education or training falling slightly this year, around a third of Derbyshire's unemployed are aged between 18 and 24 – higher than the national average.
The council is attempting to get more young people into work, further education or training and has begun devising a strategy to tackle the problem. It has set up a task force made up of representatives from across the council to develop and improve support for young people.
County council jobs chief Joan Dixon said: "We want to build a strong economy in Derbyshire and provide a brighter future for our young people – and that means making sure we have a skilled and confident workforce.
"We offer a wide range of support for young people, but we need to look at why youth employment is so high and find new ways to getting more young people into jobs."