Chancellor of the Exchequer announces a ‘kickstart scheme’ to help get young people into work

Rishi Sunak has revealed that a forthcoming “kickstart scheme” will help young people get into work.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 9:08 am

The scheme will offer Government-subsided jobs for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

It will provide at least the national living wage along with 25 hours of work per week and on the job training.

The announcement comes in the same week as WHSmiths, JD Wetherspoon and William Hill who have all confirmed job cuts will take place due to the effects of the coroanvirus pandemic.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a "kickstart scheme" to help young people find work. Photo: Getty Images.

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In an interview with BBC Breakfast on Friday, August 7, Mr Sunak believes young people are most at risk in a time of crisis and the scheme will help to protect their long-term prospects.

He said: “That will help a generation of young people get into the labour market.

“Young people, in particular, are most at risk in a crisis like this and we want to protect their prospects for the long-term.

“If they don’t have a job early in their career, that will have a negative impact on them for many years to come.”

He added: “We also significantly increased the cash incentives for businesses to take on new apprenticeships, £2,000 to take on a young apprentice, £1,500 to take on an apprentice over the age of 25.

“That’s a great way for people to get into work and earn and learn at the same time.”

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