Scheme to help teens is praised by MPs

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A PILOT scheme to help teenagers who are out of education and employment has been praised by MP Mark Hoban.

The Department for Work and Pensions announced that Gosport has been selected as a pilot area for a project to help young people aged 16 and 17 who aren’t in education or employment find work faster.

Fareham MP Mr Hoban has welcomed the news saying that it’s good the scheme has been rolled out in Hampshire.

He said: ‘Whenever anyone is out of the workforce for a significant amount of time it can damage their skills, motivation and self-confidence.

‘Unemployment can be especially damaging for those who are at the foot hills of their careers.

‘I believe we need to ensure our young people get the best start in life by making sure education, work and apprentices are available to them.’

Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, said it was an exciting scheme for the area.

‘It is great that this exciting scheme will be trialled in Gosport and I am looking forward to learning of the outcomes,’ she said.