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28 February 2013, 06:00
Rochdale's council leader has told Capital he wants to give young people hope by helping create hundreds of apprenticeships.
Colin Lambert made the promise as the council agreed cuts of £45 million, which include the loss of 150 jobs.
But the council leader, a former teacher, says youth services will stay largely unaffected.
"i will not sit back and see what happened in the 1980s," he told Capital, "when I was teaching in this borough and young people were left with no hope.
"We will create hope and try to meet young people's aspirations.
"Young people are a major target for us. They are our future and if they have no future they neither do we."
On Tuesday 12th March Rochdale Borough Council holds an Apprenticeship Fair at Heywood Civic Centre, between 4pm and 7pm.