MEON Valley MP George Hollingbery is urging local companies in Hampshire to look at government incentives designed to encourage them to employ young people.
Mr Hollingbery welcomed one scheme offering wage incentives for businesses who take on 18 to 24-year-olds in an effort to tackle youth unemployment.
Under the initiative, businesses can take on young people using wage incentives worth up to £2,275.
Mr Hollingbery said the amount is more than enough to cover an employer’s National Insurance contributions for employing a young person for a year.
He said: ‘Although there has been a slight drop in youth unemployment, much needs to be done and I welcome these government schemes.
‘Young people need to be given a chance in these hard times but often it’s difficult for them as they have little or no experience or they don’t have the skills employers want.
‘Business in Hampshire has a vital part to play in getting young people in work and I urge local firms to look closely at what is on offer. Employing young people is an opportunity for business.’