Jobs plan will help youngsters

Helen Burch at her Southsea home, but still waiting for a bed Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A £1bn government scheme to tackle growing youth unemployment was launched yesterday.

The Youth Contract is a cash injection to get young unemployed people earning or learning over the next three years.

It includes 160,000 wage incentives worth more than £2,275 for each 18 to 24-year-old an employer recruits and 250,000 work experience placements.

There are also 20,000 incentive payments to support employers create apprenticeships and £126m to help teenagers into education, employment or training.

Carmen Watson, managing director of Pertemps Network Group, said: ‘A problem that many young people in Hampshire face when trying to enter the job market is a lack of experience, even if they have the abilities and ambition to succeed.’

To find out more, see http://dwp.gov.uk/youth-contract/