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Norfolk Chamber boss keen to find “synergies” with Norwich for Jobs scheme

Launch of the third phase of Norwich 4 Jobs at Jobcentre Plus in Norwich. Chloe Smith MP and Jobcentre Plus regional manager Julia Nix.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Launch of the third phase of Norwich 4 Jobs at Jobcentre Plus in Norwich. Chloe Smith MP and Jobcentre Plus regional manager Julia Nix. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A business organisation has pledged renewed support for a project hoping to halve the number of young people in Norwich on benefits.

The Norwich for Jobs initiative launched its third phase last month, which is aiming to reduce the number of 18 to 24-year-olds in the city on employment-related benefits – currently around 2,500 – by 50%.

And the boss of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce is keen to engage the county’s business community in the effort.

Chief executive Chris Sargisson, who attended a steering group meeting with Norwich for Jobs project members on Friday, said he believed there could be scope for collaboration with the Young Chamber group.

“We need to find how to create synergies to help them come together,” he said.

“The Chamber has always put commercial need in front of opportunity – I want to take commercialisation out the conversation because it can be a barrier.”

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