Employment: Young People

Treasury written question – answered on 7th February 2022.

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Photo of Kieran Mullan Kieran Mullan Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on supporting young people into high-skilled jobs.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Treasury continues to work to support young people into high-skilled jobs.

Spending Review 2021 delivered the biggest long-term settlement for post-16 education in England since 2015. It delivered on the government’s commitment to invest an additional £500m per annum (£2.5bn total) in adult skills through the National Skills Fund, including continuing to offer free Level 3 courses for adults aged 19 and over in high value subjects, quadrupling the current annual scale of skills bootcamps, and delivering 24,000 traineeships for 16-24-year-olds a year.

These actions will help young people access high-quality training suitable to their needs and career goals.

For 16-19 education, Spending Review 2021 doubles the investment we made through Spending Reviews 2019 and 2020, giving young people more money for the high value subjects that matter most for their future careers. In addition, we have invested further in T Levels, which offer young people the opportunity to experience a mix of classroom learning and on-the-job training via an industry placement.

Apprenticeships are the government’s premier in-work training offer, providing learners of all ages and at all stages of their careers the opportunity to learn new skills, retrain or upskill. In academic year 2020/21, almost 50% of apprenticeship starts were by under 25s. Spending Review 2021 announced the first increase to apprenticeship funding since 2019, with funding rising to £2.7bn by 2024-25.

In addition to this Government’s support for post-16 education and apprenticeships, over 122,000 Kickstart jobs have been started by young people across Great Britain. Kickstart gives young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of finding long-term, sustainable work. As well as Kickstart, DWP’s Youth Offer provides a guaranteed foundation of support to young people on Universal Credit in the Intensive Work Search group, ensuring they can access the right support, education or training to support their work and career ambitions.

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