Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Young Jobless Helped to Work

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Young Jobless Helped to Work

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Byline: Linda Cameron Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

MORE than 24,000 young people across the North East have taken part in employer-led placements or work experience through the Jobcentre Plus since 2011, figures reveal.

The placements, which see young people getting tailored support for the local labour market, launched in January 2011.

And a survey showed that more than 80% of young people felt their job prospects had improved as a result of taking part in one of the schemes and that they were more attractive to potential employers.

Sector-based work academies offer people a package of pre-employment training, work experience placements and a guaranteed job interview in specific industries such as hospitality.

Support is also available for young people who want to become their own boss, and local employers are helping to fill the skills gap through job academies, apprenticeships as well as supporting young people with work experience. …

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