Unemployment: Young People

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help unemployed 18 to 24 year olds find work.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government are aware of the problems facing young jobseekers in the labour market and have put in place a substantial menu of provision to help them move into work.

Jobcentre Plus personal advisers offer a comprehensive menu of help that includes help with jobsearch and skills provision. Advisers have the flexibility to tailor support to the individual at the most appropriate point in their claim. Get Britain Working measures offer additional support, including Work Clubs, work experience, New Enterprise Allowance, Enterprise Clubs and sector based work academies.

The Work programme provides tailored support to those claimants furthest from the labour market. Young claimants are referred to a provider after nine months and those with more challenging barriers to work can be referred at three months. Providers are paid on the results they achieve, and are paid more for supporting the harder to help into work.

The Government recently launched a new Youth Contract, worth around £1 billion, which is designed to prevent a new generation of young people falling into the trap of long term unemployment.

The Youth Contract will provide nearly half a million new opportunities for young people—including wage incentives, incentives to take on apprentices, and extra work experience places. Extra funding is being made available to support the most vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training into learning, an apprenticeship or job with training.

From later this month, in 20 local authority areas that have been designated 'youth unemployment hot spots', wage incentives will be available via Jobcentre Plus to encourage employers to recruit 18 to 24-year-olds that have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for six months. Further additional advisor time will also be available for young people who live in those areas.

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