STATEMENT: Groundwork response to youth employment initiative announcement in the Chancellor’s budget

“We’re really pleased to see the Chancellor make a decisive step in preventing a generation of young people from being scarred by unemployment. Our experience over many years shows that the best way of helping young people prosper in the long-term is to make sure they have decent work experience to draw on. In times of recession creating temporary jobs is absolutely the right thing to do.

We look forward to seeing more detail so that we can understand how the kickstarter scheme will link with other recovery initiatives. In particular we want to ensure that those young people who are furthest removed from the labour market get the personal support and training they need to take up the jobs created. We also hope that priority will be given to jobs which deliver community benefit and help us achieve our climate change goals, so that our economic recovery from Covid-19 is both green and fair.”

Graham Duxbury, national chief executive, Groundwork 

“I think youth employment is very important because we are the future, today and tomorrow. Government needs to create more opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and young people with disabilities and from low income households.”

Umar Sujad, a member of Groundwork’s Youth Advisory Board

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