Jobless youngsters to be offered training

The Government has disclosed further developments in their plans to offer training and volunteering opportunities to jobless people, it was reported today.  The scheme will particularly benefit young people and boost their chances of finding work.

Ministers are keen to strengthen partnerships with the voluntary sector to help disadvantaged groups and communities. Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who is behind the plans, announced that youth charity The Prince’s Trust and other charities will set up stalls in Jobcentre Plus offices to help jobseekers find a volunteering or training place.

The plans come after the latest youth unemployment figures leapt by 32,000 to 951,000 in the three months to November, the highest since records began in 1992.

Iain Duncan Smith said: “I am delighted that this partnership with The Prince’s Trust and local voluntary sector organisations across the country will mean thousands of volunteering opportunities for jobseekers. For some it will be a chance to get some valuable experience and gain skills after years without work.”

Chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, Martina Milburn said: “With youth unemployment at a record high, it is now more important than ever to help young people into jobs. This partnership will help us reach thousands more disadvantaged young people, giving them the skills and confidence to break out of long-term unemployment and poverty.”

“Transforming these young lives will have a huge impact on their families and communities as well as on Britain’s economy.”

This scheme is a step in the right direction from the Government and is an opportunity for young people to get support and training which will help boost their chances of full time employment. The partnership with charities like The Prince’s Trust will hopefully reach more jobless young people, providing them with valuable experience and ultimately enhancing their employability skills.