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News - Updated May 2012

Bristol Wins Award for Future Cities Project


Bristol City Council has won £50,000 funding from the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board and is now in with a chance of securing £24 million funding to set up a large-scale Future City Demonstrator. The Demonstrator will show how transport, communications and other infrastructure can be integrated to address local challenges, including: improving the local economy, increasing quality of life and reducing impact on the environment.

The £50,000 funding will be used to deliver a Future City Feasibility Study called Connect Bristol. The study will inform a bid to Government, which will be submitted in mid November. Bristol is in competition with 29 other cities and urban areas for the £24 million funding.




New apprentices start work today


Twenty five new apprentices start work today, bringing the total to 180 since the scheme started in September 2009.

The new apprentices gain work and training in a range of areas including social care, highways engineering, finance and pollution control. The apprenticeship scheme is a key part of the council’s support for the Backing Young People in Bristol campaign, which has a goal to take on 2,012 apprentices in 2012.


Council Leader Barbara Janke, said: “Bristol has the highest employment rate of any major city in the UK and independent experts tells us we are the best placed small city in Europe in future years for business growth. “But we are not immune to the difficult economic conditions. We are determined to do all we can to create the necessary conditions for businesses to thrive and new jobs to be created.



Unemployment campaign boosts prospects for 30 young people from Bristol


Thirty unemployed young people from Bristol will benefit from the chance to improve their skills for work as part of a new campaign to help them find employment.


The ‘Backing Young Bristol’ campaign, which is being run by the Bristol Partnership, is tackling youth unemployment to give young people better opportunities to develop the right skills and find work. The campaign will focus on a number of initiatives over the next 12 months - one of which will match 30 young people with local employers to help them gain work experience and coaching.


For more information and to read one young person's story, visit our Backing Young Bristol pages on this website.

(13 December 2011)


Bristol's Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2014 published


The Children & Young People's Plan 2011-2014 has been adopted by the Council.


The plan contains those joint priorities for children and young people which no one agency can address alone, so achievements against the plan will be kept under review by partners in the Children and Young People's Trust and published annually in a report which will be made widely available.


(13 December 2011)

New campaign to tackle youth unemployment


A new campaign ‘Backing Young Bristol’ is being launched by the Bristol Partnership to tackle youth unemployment and give young people better opportunities to develop the right skills and find work.

The campaign is being launched at the same time as the latest employement figures by the ONS.
Over the next 12 months a number of initiatives will aim to help young people into work including:


  • Increasing the number of new apprentices this year in the Bristol area to at least 2,000, and setting up a network of "apprenticeship champions" across the city to encourage employers to take on a young person.
  • Matching young people with businesses for work experience and coaching to help them gain employment.
  • Improving support and guidance to young people in particular areas of the city with high youth unemployment.



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