Jobcentres to run £1bn Youth Contract

A £1bn programme to provide more help for young people visiting Jobcentres will be officially launched on Monday .

A £1bn programme to provide more help for young people visiting Jobcentres will be officially launched on Monday .

And Huddersfield Jobcentre is among 700 across the UK holding open days next week to help local businesses find out how they can benefit from getting involved.

Through the Youth Contract, 18-24 year-olds will now receive extra support from Jobcentre Plus to give them an edge in the labour market.

They will have greater opportunities to take part in things like voluntary work experience, sector-based work academies and apprenticeships.

Businesses can now also get a payment of up to £2,275 for any young adult they employ, currently taking part in the Work Programme. This is in addition to a £1,500 grant currently available to those employers who take on their first apprentice.

Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, said: “Over 34,000 young people have already benefited from voluntary work experience, giving them vital skills and experience in the workplace.

“There are signs of success – half of the earliest participants were off benefits 13 weeks after starting.

“That’s a good return, but obviously there’s more that needs to be done, and that’s why Government is investing almost £1bn over the next three years to create nearly half a million opportunities for young people.”

Ian Hunter, district manager at Jobcentre Plus in West Yorkshire, said: “We know there are many local employers who are keen to help young people in the area, so it’s good to see there are incentives to help them do that.

“We’re inviting anyone from the business community in West Yorkshire to our open days, which is a great opportunity for them to find out about the Youth Contract, and how they can benefit from it.”

The open days will be held from 9am to 4pm on Monday at Jobcentres in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Spen Valley and between the same times on Wednesday at Brighouse.

 

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