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Backing Young Britain

Labour MP for Bristol South and Children’s Minister Dawn Primarolo has today backed extra Government support to help young people during the recession.

Bristol City Council has been successful in its bid to the Future Jobs Fund, a programme designed to create 150,000 jobs across the country. The jobs will be primarily aimed at young people who have been out of work for a year or more.

In addition, the Department for Work and Pensions has launched a national campaign to encourage employers to do everything possible to help young people find a job, training, or work skills and experience. Employers are being asked to offer work experience places and internships; act as mentors for school and university leavers; consider providing apprenticeships; and make sure job vacancies are advertised to local young unemployed people.
Commenting on these new measures, Dawn said:

"I know from my work as Minister for Children and Young People how important it is to back young people during hard times. I am delighted that young people in Bristol will benefit from the Future Jobs Fund, and I would urge all employers in our city to do what they can, in partnership with the Government, to provide jobs and support to young people throughout the recession and beyond.

We already have schemes up and running to help school leavers, graduates and young unemployed people and we’d like businesses and charities to join in by offering schemes such as volunteering places, work experience and apprenticeships.

The September Guarantee will guarantee all 16 and 17 year olds a place in learning, whether that’s at school, college, in training or an apprenticeship. More than 1.5 million young people - the highest number ever – will be able to stay on in education or training this year.  We’re also expanding apprenticeships and training places, as well as places in sixth forms and colleges for a range of courses like Diplomas and A levels, with an overall investment of £6.9billion in the education and training of 16-18 year olds across the country."

[29/7/09]

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