Daily Mail

£2bn to get young­sters in jobs

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A £2BIL­LION youth em­ploy­ment scheme is be­ing launched to­day.

Dubbed ‘Kick­start’, it is aimed at cre­at­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of jobs for the ‘left-be­hind’ un­der-25s.

Em­ploy­ers will be able to of­fer work place­ments to ben­e­fit claimants with the state cov­er­ing 100 per cent of the re­sult­ing min­i­mum wage, na­tional in­sur­ance and pen­sion pay­ments.

The Government will also give £1,500 grants to help with sup­port and train­ing.

Major em­ploy­ers in­clud­ing Tesco have signed up so far. The scheme, which will be de­liv­ered by the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions, will ini­tially be open un­til De­cem­ber 2021.

Chan­cel­lor Rishi Su­nak said: ‘This isn’t just about kick­start­ing our coun­try’s econ­omy – it is an op­por­tu­nity to kick­start the ca­reers of thou­sands of young peo­ple who could oth­er­wise be left be­hind as a re­sult of the pan­demic. The scheme will open the door to a brighter fu­ture for a new gen­er­a­tion and en­sure the UK bounces back stronger as a coun­try.’

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