Youth Contract

Government's youth contract failing to hit targets

Tue, 23/07/2013 - 14:10 -- nick

In response to youth unemployment hitting one million people last year, the government launched its youth contract, which offered businesses a subsidy of up to £2,275 for employing an under-25 year old who had been out of work for at least six months.

It was designed to help around 53,000 people each year, but figures released yesterday showed fewer than 4,700 were still in work after six months.

More had started work: 21,000 have found a way into the workplace, suggesting that many are struggling to keep their jobs.

Liam Byrne on youth unemployment

Thu, 31/01/2013 - 12:27 -- nick

Labour's work and pensions spokesman, Liam Byrne, has written about youth unemployment in today's Guardian.

He is concerned that it has started rising again despite the government's youth contract tackling it, and has been working with the Labour leaders of ten of Britain's big cities to come up with ideas to help.

Businesses asked to help tackle youth unemployment

Tue, 20/11/2012 - 18:33 -- nick

Businesses are being asked to get involved to help tackle youth unemployment at the launch of the Government’s 'Youth Contract: Works for me' campaign.

Over the next two weeks the Department for Work and Pensions will be promoting the campaign in newspapers and on radio in areas with high levels of youth unemployment.

Targeted at employers, it aims to raise awareness of the benefits of giving a young person a chance through the Youth Contract.

Government Youth Contract 'insufficient' - MPs

Wed, 19/09/2012 - 11:29 -- nick

A group of MPs has called the government's Youth Contract, which was supposed to help young people in to work, 'insufficient'. The Work and Pensions Select Committee, the MPs that consider government proposals and performance on work and pensions, praised some aspects of the Contract, including improved support by Jobcentre Plus, more work experience availability and support for 16 and 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.

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