The Youth of Today, Future of Tomorrow

IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

I am determined to improve the opportunities for young people in Redcar & Cleveland and these are great first steps from the Government.

Today the KICKSTART scheme launches, giving job and training opportunities for young people across the UK.

Kickstart is a £2 Billion fund, to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, 6-month work placements for young people - with funding for wages and NI contributions.

Find out more here: www.gov.uk/government/news/kickstart-scheme-opens-for-employer-applications 

In addition to Kickstart, employers are being offered £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and £1,500 for each newly recruited apprentice aged 25 and over. This includes taking on an apprentice who has been made redundant.

Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to get into the world of work and employers are more and more keen to recruit people with this type of experience.

More info here: www.gov.uk/government/news/employers-encouraged-to-sign-up-for-apprentice-cash-boost

Getting that first foot in the door is so important as I found out in my own experience as an apprentice on Teesside. These schemes combined will boost what’s on offer for our young people and combat long-term youth unemployment.

J