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Sheffield Connexions Service More Jobs Face Axe

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A SECOND wave of job losses is set to hit a Sheffield youth organisation – with up to 36 posts to go in coming weeks.

Staff say all the redundancies in the Connexions service are in front-line roles, among advisors who help young people at school or without jobs find work, training and further education courses.

The move follows the loss of almost 100 staff at the council-funded charity last autumn, after funding cuts of more than £700,000. Now the service is to lose more of its income in April due to the loss of Government grants and a reduced budget from the city council.

A worker at Connexions said the number of advisors was being slashed by almost half, while management was unaffected.

He said: “What makes me so angry is the fact that so many cuts are going to affect young people – it seems like the Government doesn’t have a youth policy at all.”

Unison Sheffield branch chair Jon Mordecai, whose union represents many Connexions staff, said the job losses were coming at a time when youth unemployment was at an all-time high and the advisors were most needed.

Not sure how many managers got laid off the first time, but at least they'll now have a less stressful workload with 36 less staff to manage.

The management cuts the workers preserving their own jobs and front line services get cut. This was how it was going to play out once the govt abdicated responsibility for the cuts.

Govt does have a youth policy because they'll either be in education, have a job or do an apprenticeship. That's the policy.

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