Plan for job creation gets Cabinet approval
MOVES to create more than 2,000 jobs over the next two years have been approved by the city's Cabinet.
The Plan for Jobs, which contains 19 projects, includes proposals aimed at creating 500 apprenticeships.
David Draffan, the council's assistant director for development, told councillors that there were another 45 projects in the pipeline.
Council leader Tudor Evans said: "This is no fantasy list and these are targets which we have every confidence will create much-needed work in Plymouth."
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The Plan for Jobs was drawn up by a task force made up of key city leaders from business, the public sector and the voluntary sector.
The 19 projects aim to create jobs by unlocking or speeding up major development projects, including housing.
They will help the unemployed to gain skills and experience, proactively sell the city, its businesses, its products and its people and unlock access to finance and provide support to enable jobs growth.
They will use the council's assets, influence and buying power to increase jobs by using local supply chains and local goods where possible.
Cabinet members also approved plans to set up a new Emergency and Welfare Fund to replace the Government's Social Fund from April.
The amount of money available to help people in a financial crisis is being cut by nearly a third.
The fund provides community care grants and crisis loans for the most vulnerable, for example those in absolute financial crisis or who are leaving the care system.
The council will take over the responsibility from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from April.