Labour's Shadow Treasury team visited Sheffield this morning to launch the Party's Five Point Plan for Jobs and Growth in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Ed Balls and Rachel Reeves were at Clixcoolers in the east of the city to meet the first cohort of Sheffield's Labour-led Council's flagship apprenticeship scheme. Two of the apprentices have started work at the firm this week, and they were joined by half a dozen other 16-18 year olds benefiting from the programme across Sheffield.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said:
"Sheffield's Labour Council's apprenticeship scheme is a great programme and is exactly what's needed. I've met a group of young people here this morning who have a huge amount to offer, and I'm glad this apprenticeship scheme is giving them such a big opportunity.
"But youth unemployment stands at almost a million - we need to see a lot more from David Cameron and George Osborne to get growth in our economy and create jobs. Labour's five point plan would help create 10,000 jobs for young people in Yorkshire alone.
"I applaud Julie Dore and the people in her team working hard to put this apprenticeships programme into action. And seeing these confident young people being given an opportunity to launch their careers here should only make us more determined to get the government to change course nationally and act now to create the jobs and growth our economy so badly needs.
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves said:
"This scheme, which is putting 100 young people in Sheffield in work, just proves that you can make a real difference when political leaders have a can-do attitude and take positive action.
"It's fantastic to meet such brilliant young people who are obviously excited about the apprenticeships on which they're embarking.
"We know, though, that as youth unemployment soars, the government has to do a lot more to help. David Cameron and George Osborne don't seem to understand that the more people you have out of work on the dole, the harder it becomes to get the deficit down."