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Government vows to fight youth unemployment

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Given the 19 year record high in youth unemployment, the British Government is going to launch several sector-based work academies across England in an attempt to help youngsters find a job.

Aiming to fight the dramatic unemployment rates among 16 to 24 year old Brits, the Government is to launch new academies that will offer a combination of training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview for up to 50,000 people over the next two years.

The Work Programme and the Government's Work Experience scheme will work together on a project that aims to support up to 150,000 young people over the next few months, and 250,000 people over the next two years.

How will it work?

These different sector-based work academies will be based on the different industries which are in demand within the local labour market. Construction, contact centres, hospitality, logistics, and retail are just some examples.

The academy intends to be a bridge to unite job-seekers with employers. As the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) said, there are currently over 90,000 vacancies in retail, over 44,000 in hospitality and 11,000 vacancies in construction; sometimes, it is just a matter of meeting each other.

To reach this goal, local employers in the UK are being asked to support sector-based work academies by contacting their local Jobcentre Plus Employer Engagement Manager and offering job vacancies, graduate roles, work experience placements and/or guaranteed job interviews to participants.

Aside from work experience, volunteering and training opportunities, all of which are available through Jobcentre Plus offices, it will also offer 250,000 apprenticeships.

"Sector-based work academies are the next key part of our strategy to tackle youth unemployment. With training, work experience and a guaranteed interview, they will put people at the front of the queue for vacancies that employers are looking to fill," said Chris Grayling, Employment Minister.

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