New tzar for unemployed

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A NEW skills tzar for Greater Manchester has been given the task of turning around high unemployment in the region.

David Brennan, director of employment and skills, will head a new partnership which aims to give thousands of unemployed people the skills they need to earn a wage.

The Greater Manchester Skills and Employment Partnership is part of New Economy, the agency charged with creating economic growth in Greater Manchester. Mike Emmerich, New Economy’s chief executive, said: “Between them, colleges, private training providers, work programme providers and universities spend £1bn a year on skills and employment.

“The purpose of this partnership is to help those work together better as partners.”

There are almost 8,000 more people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Greater Manchester than a year ago.