Don Foster MP

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Tackling youth unemployment in Bath

Led by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, the £1bn Youth Contract was formally launched on Monday 2nd April. The Youth Contract was announced last year to tackle youth unemployment.

The Youth Contract aims to ensure that all jobless young people are earning or learning again before long-term damage is done.

In Bath, 425 individuals aged 18-24 are currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and would stand to benefit from the Youth Contract.

The Youth Contract will provide at least 410,000 new work places to get 18 to 24-year olds into work over the next three years. This includes 160,000 wage subsidies and 250,000 new work experience placements.

This will help the most disengaged of the 425 in Bath get back to school or college, onto an apprenticeship or into a job with training.

A further part of the programme will also help 16 and 17-year olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

In addition, there will be at least 20,000 more incentive payments to encourage employers to take on young apprentices in England.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“In these difficult times Liberal Democrats are doing the right thing and making sure we help those who need it most.

“Where young people are out of work in Bath, the consequences of that will be felt for a long time afterwards. We have to ensure that the young people in our city do not have a false start to their careers.

“The Youth Contract will help those who need it most through advice, support, and training - and by giving people in Bath the experience necessary to be successful in the work place.

“As a Liberal Democrat, I am proud that the Coalition Government is doing the right thing to prevent another lost generation.”

Commenting further, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

“Youth unemployment is a slow-burn social disaster and an economic waste.

“We can’t lose the skills and talent of our young people – right when we need them most. We need the next generation to help us build a new economy.

“The aim of the Youth Contract is to get every unemployed young person earning or learning again before long-term damage is done, giving them the skills for a lifetime of work.

“This is a £1bn package and it will get young people into proper, lasting jobs.”

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