£1bn incentive scheme welcomed

A NEW £1billion scheme to address youth unemployment has been welcomed by a major recruitment consultancy.

The Youth Contract Scheme will offer incentives worth more than £2,275 for each 18 to 24-year-old that an employer offers a paid position to and will also create 250,000 work experience placements.

Pertemps Network Group Managing Director Carmen Watson said: “A problem that many young people in Northumberland face when trying to enter the job market is a lack of experience, even if they have the abilities and ambition to succeed.

“Providing opportunities for young people to gain entry into jobs will offer a new glimmer of hope for 18 to 24-year-olds, particularly those that have been out of work for long periods of time.”