Drive to tackle youth unemployment

Author: By Alan Jones, Press Association

Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper will launch attempts to create
30,000 jobs in areas including health care, insulation, computing and
engineering.

The announcement, to be made on Wednesday when new unemployment figures will
be published, will include an expansion of apprenticeships and training.

The new jobs will be part of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund – a £1 billion
pot of money available for councils, charities and voluntary sector
organisations to create work for 18-24 year olds and those in areas of
particularly high unemployment.

Yvette Cooper said: “We know that many young people are still finding it tough
to get work which is why investing in more apprenticeships, education and
youth jobs are so important. It does cost money, but it will cost us all far
more if we don’t.

“The overall numbers out of work are not as high as many were predicting, but
we have to keep increasing the investment and support not cutting it back.
Around 75% of young people move off benefits within six months. But this
will be the first time in a recession that young people will get a guarantee
they won’t be left on the dole for as long as a year. We will not let young
people get left behind in this recession.”

The total number of people out of work according to the latest figures is 2.47
million, but this is expected to increase on Wednesday.

The fourth round of bidders for the Future Jobs Fund will be announced on
Wednesday, adding to the 60,000 jobs that have already been created through
the scheme.

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