Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News: Youth Contract launches in South Yorkshire


The government is making £1 billion available to help businesses to get young people earning or learning.

Nearly half a million young people are set to benefit from new jobs or training under the Youth Contract which launched this month. Employers are being encouraged to help inspire young people and to offer more work, work experience and apprentice opportunities to 18-24 year old jobseekers.

Financial incentives include 160,000 wage incentives worth up to £2,275 to take on under 25's and at least 20,000 extra incentive payments worth £1,500 each for employers who take on young people as apprentices.

250,000 work experience places are to be created for young Jobseekers Allowance claimants who will also benefit from extra support through Jobcentre Plus, including more personalised support, skills assessments and jobsearch activity.

Chris Grayling, employment minister, said: "Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges this country faces and we're determined to make a difference to a problem that's been building up for much of the past decade.

"What we're offering through the Youth Contract is real practical support to both employers and job seekers which we hope will give young people a head start in the labour market."

Jobcentre Plus in South Yorkshire is hosting an employer breakfast event on the Youth Contract and how local firms can help prepare people for the workplace. For further details please contact Jobcentre Plus by email at or telephone 01709 343063.

Youth Contract website


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