Young People: Support into Work

Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 11th July 2022.

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Photo of Nicholas Fletcher Nicholas Fletcher Conservative, Don Valley

What steps she plans to take to support young people into work following the closure of the kickstart scheme.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Following the success of kickstart, which has seen over 163,000 jobs started by young people, with approximately 30,000 still on that scheme, the DWP youth offer remains in place to support those who still need help. That includes youth hubs, which bring together partner organisations and the DWP in local communities to provide employment and skills support.

Photo of Nicholas Fletcher Nicholas Fletcher Conservative, Don Valley

I have spoken with many young people since becoming an MP. They believe that waiting and fighting for their dream job is the right thing to do. Does the Secretary of State agree with me that our young people should take opportunities that arise which will get them earning while still applying for their dream job, as that will not jeopardise their chances but will, most probably, do exactly the opposite?

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As ever, my hon. Friend talks common sense. It is really important that people realise that the heart of our Way to Work campaign is ABC—any job, better job, career. We know that having a job already allows people to build a lot of skills so they can progress, perhaps in the job of their dreams. Through support such as the DWP youth offer, work coaches will continue to help unemployed young people move into a range of roles. The skills and work experience that people can gain from a job will help them to progress.