MP welcomes youth contract to help young find work

28 November, 2011 No Comments

November 25, 2011

A government Youth Contract to help Cambridge’s young people find work has been welcomed by the city’s MP Julian Huppert.

The package of measures could benefit the 465 18 to 24-year-olds claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the city.

Starting next April, the Youth Contract will provide at least 410,000 new work places nationally over the next three years including 160,000 wage subsidies and 250,000 new work experience placements.

A new programme is also being launched to help 16 and 17-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training to get back to education, onto an apprenticeship or into a job with training.

Cambridge has largely bucked the trend of youth unemployment. The city has just 1.6 per cent of its young people out of work compared to 6.9 per cent across the region and eight per cent nationally.

Julian said: “We are fortunate in Cambridge to have extremely low levels of young people out of work. But that doesn’t make it any easier for those who are struggling to find a job.

“These measures we have introduced should help those who need it most. We want to make sure every young person has the best possible start by offering them advice, support, training and giving them the experience they need.” 

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