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Employment Schemes: Young People

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria will be used to determine which of those aged 18 to 24 years old will be covered by (a) the young person’s guarantee and (b) the flexible New Deal; and if she will estimate the number in each such group in 2010-11. (306356)

Beginning from January 2010, all jobseekers aged between 18 and 24 will have access to the Young Person’s Guarantee. As the Chancellor announced in the pre-Budget report, any young person on Jobseeker’s Allowance for six months or more will now be guaranteed an offer of a job, work-focussed training or work experience.

In Flexible New Deal Phase One areas, young people will be offered a place on the Young Person’s Guarantee after six months of unemployment, and will be referred to the Flexible New Deal when they reach 12 months of unemployment.

In Flexible New Deal Phase Two areas, the New Deal for Young People will continue to run until the Flexible New Deal goes live in October 2010. In these areas, young people will also be offered a place on the Young Person’s Guarantee from six months, the only difference being that if they choose to take up training or a work experience place these will be delivered through the New Deal options.

The information on the number of people who will be participating is not available, as we do not project unemployment figures.