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Government launches £4m pilot schemes to boost youth employment and worker earnings.

Work and Pensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, has announced new initiatives to help overcome hurdles young people face when they look to enter the workforce.

Up to £1.2m will be available in Manchester and the West Midlands to provide additional support to groups facing the biggest challenges such as care-leavers and young offenders. Some of the money will be used to be to support the continuation of the work of Youth Employability Coaches in the West Midlands who help young people find employment, continuing support for up to 6 weeks after a job is started to help build personal skills further. 

The remaining £2.8 million will be invested into cutting-edge technology to provide jobs ‘apps’ to recommend the best jobs and skills training to jobseekers and people looking to find better, higher-paid jobs.

It is hoped that both pilot schemes will then be rolled out nationwide.

Thérèse Coffey said “I want to give everyone the best start in life, and every chance to get not just a job, but find that dream job. That is why we will provide extra help for disadvantaged young people and use the latest technology to help people climb the career ladder”.

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