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Government youth contract launches

A £1 billion scheme to tackle youth unemployment has been launched this week. The Youth Contract Scheme will offer incentives worth more than £2,275 for each 18-24 year old that an employer offers a paid position to and will also create 250,000 work experience places.

Carmen Watson, Managing Director of Pertemps Network Group, said: “A problem that many young people face when trying to enter the job market is a lack of experience, even if they have the abilities and ambition to succeed. Providing opportunities for young people to gain entry into jobs will offer a new glimmer of hope for 18-24 year olds, particularly those that have been out of work for long periods of time.

“Businesses that have plans to expand now have avenues to recruit among sections of society where there is a huge amount of potential. As a result, they now have the support to invest in the future of the nation’s workforce and also the future of their own businesses. Clearly, this scheme will just be one part of the solution to joblessness but as long as the issue of youth unemployment remains a priority, we will hopefully make steady progress.

“The government says that it is determined to tackling youth unemployment. In this current climate, this determination should drive tangible results.”

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