Tackling youth unemployment in South Gloucestershire

Posted on Monday 2nd April 2012 at 12:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Liberal Democrats

The coalition government’s £1bn Youth Contract scheme, which aims to tackle youth unemployment, has been launched today by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The Youth Contract aims to ensure that all jobless young people are earning or learning again before long-term damage is done.

In South Gloucestershire, 1,340 18 to 24-year olds are currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and would stand to benefit from the Youth Contract.

The Youth Contract will provide at least 410,000 new work places for 18 to 24-year olds into work over the next three years. This includes 160,000 wage subsidies and 250,000 new work experience placements.

A new programme to will help 16 and 17-year olds, 5.1% of whom in South Gloucestershire who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

This will help the most disengaged of the NEETs in South Gloucestershire get back to school or college, onto an apprenticeship or into a job with training.

In addition, there will be at least 20,000 more incentive payments to encourage employers to take on young apprentices in England.

Commenting, Ian Blair said:

“In these difficult times Liberal Democrats are doing the right thing and making sure we help those who need it most.”

“If young people are out of work, the consequences of that will be felt for a long time afterwards. We have to ensure that the young people of today do not have a false start to their careers.”

“The Youth Contract will help those who need it most through advice, support, training and by giving people in South Gloucestershire the experience necessary to be successful in the work place.”
“While we’re clearing up the economic mess that Labour left behind, the Coalition Government is ensuring that our children do not bear the consequences of Labour’s mistakes.”

“As a Liberal Democrat, I am proud that the Coalition Government is doing the right thing to prevent another lost generation.”

Commenting further, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

“Youth unemployment is a slow-burn social disaster and an economic waste.”

“We can’t lose the skills and talent of our young people – right when we need them most. We need the next generation to help us build a new economy.”

“The aim of the Youth Contract is to get every unemployed young person earning or learning again before long-term damage is done, giving them the skills for a lifetime of work.”

“This is a £1bn package and it will get young people into proper, lasting jobs.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats

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One Response to “Tackling youth unemployment in South Gloucestershire”

  1. Felix Says:

    The prgramme does exactly the same things as the previous government’s Future Jobs Fund and other programmes running at the time, which the Lie Dems then cancelled and have taken two years to come up with almost exactly the same thing – that is two whole years in which they left young people to fester. Utterly disgraceful, the lot of them.