Twitter and Facebook to help young find jobs

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THE INTERNET phenomenons of Twitter and Facebook will be used as part of an ambitious scheme to get young people in Bulwell into work or training.

For Nottingham is to receive a government grant of £2.8 million that will be spent over three years with the aim of helping 4,500 18-to-24-year-olds in the city who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The money will go towards employing a jobs adviser for every person on the scheme, which is to be run by the Nottingham And Nottinghamshire Futures organisation.

A focus will be on one-to-one support that will help the young people develop an action plan targeted at finding work or a career.

The scheme will use Twitter and Facebook, as well as mobile phone apps, so those on the programme can keep in touch with their advisers.

The use of social-networking sites has been piloted by Nottingham And Nottinghamshire Futures over the last year.

When a suitable job or training opportunity comes up, the organisation will circulate it via Facebook, Twitter and text messages, as well as through phone calls, letters and face-to-face interviews.

Meetings held by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures will be in community centres, cafes and young people’s homes.

Coun John Collins (Lab), leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “This innovative project and the funding it has secured will help us to take action to give young people a brighter future.”