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Employment Schemes: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1028-29W, on employment schemes: young people, which (a) Jobcentre Plus districts, (b) local authorities and (c) constituencies have no Future Jobs Fund jobs; and in which (i) Jobcentre Plus districts, (ii) local authorities and (iii) constituencies elements of the young person's guarantee are (A) available and (B) not available. (321467)

Any organisation in England, Scotland and Wales can bid to the Future Jobs Fund. However, details of specific locations where Future Jobs Fund jobs have been created can be obtained only at disproportionate cost at (a) Jobcentre Plus district and (b) local authority level. Details of the location of Future Jobs Fund are not broken down by (c) constituency and are therefore not available.

The Young Person's Guarantee has been available in (a) all Jobcentre Plus districts, (b) all local authorities and (c) all constituencies, since 25 January 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department has taken to obtain the support of businesses for its work to assist young people into employment. (321788)

The Department has actively sought the support of businesses and other employers to assist young people into employment. Over 920 organisations from business, public sector, and third sector have signed up to the Backing Young Britain campaign to provide more opportunities for young people to gain apprenticeships, jobs and work experience. Over 110,000 jobs have been created by a variety of employers, mainly for long term unemployed young people, through the Future Jobs Fund.

Many employers have responded by agreeing to work with Government through local employment partnerships, to open up employment and training opportunities to unemployed jobseekers. Over 70,000 employers across the country have recruited through local employment partnerships since they were introduced in 2007, and more than 567,000 people have been helped into work during that time.