A special job centre has been opened to help young unemployed people left “intimidated” by existing centres to find work.
A joint Job Centre and town hall consultation with young jobseekers revealed many found it difficult to share the Job Centre Plus on Queen Street with those over the age of 25.
Now the new centre, on Tyldesley Road, in South Shore, will be specifically dedicated to helping 16-25-year-olds.
Young jobseekers Helen Garside and Danny Allen, who have recently been involved in a work experience scheme being trialled by the centre, were given the honour of cutting the ribbon at its opening ceremony yesterday morning.
Danny, 24, from Lockerbie Avenue, Cleveleys, said: “It’s good because sometimes younger people who are just coming in need a little bit of a push.”
Helen, 20, from Carcroft Avenue, Bispham, said: “It’s helped me get the skills I need to get into a working environment.”
Coun Chris Maughan, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for youth employment, said: “Being an unemployed young person is a really difficult situation for many in Blackpool.
“It is not just about them not having a job but also the damaging effect that it can on their mental health.
“When we spoke to young people, many of them were intimidated by the older customers using Job Centre Plus in Queen Street.
“We’re committed to helping get young people back into work and having a dedicated Job Centre Plus especially for them will make a difference in helping achieve that.”