A Minister writes….

From Yvette Cooper, earlier this week.

Dear Kerry,

I am writing to inform you of two important announcements that are being made tomorrow.

The first is the launch of a national campaign to encourage employers all over the country to do everything possible to give every young person help to find a job or training or work skills and experience: Backing Young Britain.

In the recessions of the 1980s and 1990s hundreds of thousands of unemployed young people were abandoned without support. Many communities had a generation lost to worklessness and bore the scars of long-term unemployment for years.

We are determined that this must not happen again and that every young person should get help to find a job or training or work skills and experience.

There are seven ways for businesses, charities and the government to rise to the challenge. We are asking them to back young Britain by committing to at least one of the following:

1. becoming a volunteer mentor for school or university leavers to help them find their feet in the jobs market

2. providing work experience places, volunteering places or a work trial to help young people learn about work, make contacts and fill their CV

3. create a new internship for 18 year olds and non graduates to give them a chance to prove themselves;

4. offering an internship for a graduate

5. providing an apprenticeship for 16-24 year olds

6. bidding for one of the 100,000 jobs for young people in the Government’s Future Jobs Fund

7. joining a Local Employment Partnership to make sure my job vacancies are advertised to local unemployed people.

The aim of this campaign is to get as many employers as possible to commit to taking at least one of the actions to help young people.

For more information, or to Back Young Britain, go to: http://www.hmg.gov.uk/backingyoungbritain

Secondly, we are announcing details of the first successful Future Jobs Fund bidders. The £1billion Future Jobs Fund forms a key aspect of the Backing Young Britain campaign, and aims to create 150,000 jobs, aimed primarily at 18 – 24 year olds who have been out of work for a year. The first jobs are expected to be available in October.

Bids for the Future Jobs Fund are still being received and are assessed on a monthly basis. Further announcements will be made throughout the year. We are pleased with the number of successful first bids and the jobs they create. They make a significant contribution to the total number of jobs that we expect the fund to create.

For more information, and to find out who the successful bidders are, go to: www.dwp.gov.uk/futurejobsfund

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