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Graduate jobs promised under Budget

Published: Friday, 24 April 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Chancellor Alistair Darling has pledged to help the 250,000 unemployed young people in Britain today, including those finding it difficult to secure a graduate job during the recession.

From next January, those under-25s who have been unemployed for 12 months will be offered a job or training in an attempt by Mr Darling to avoid letting a generation be "abandoned to a future on the scrapheap".

Budget announcements have promised £1.7 billion to create or support 250,000 new jobs and those unemployed graduates and school leavers who go into training will also receive benefit top-ups.

Mr Darling said: "To provide these extra opportunities, we are working with employers to create or support as many as 250,000 jobs. This will include delivering local services, traineeships in social care, and other high demand sectors."

The government also recently announced £27 million worth of funding to help universities provide skills training and jobs with local businesses for graduates, according to the Independent.


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