Skills audit to tackle jobless figures in city

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PEOPLE will soon be audited to assess the skills they need to get back into employment.

Unemployment in the city is above the regional and national averages and Labour Strong Economy leader Hannah O’Neill has called for the council to undertake a skills audit of the 2,000 or so job seekers who have low skills.

She said: “The latest unemployment and jobs survey from Milton Keynes Council highlights that there are 6,352 people seeking work.

“Within this group 31.6 per cent say they are seeking low skilled jobs. I would like to see an audit done of their skills with the council working with employers to try to find ways to improve their skills.”

Two problems face those without jobs. Firstly, they are concentrated in the older and most deprived areas of the city and secondly most vacancies require different and higher levels of skills.