Housing organisations should take advantage of a new scheme to help unemployed young people back into work
As a government we’re determined to tackle the challenge of youth unemployment and we want housing organisations to play their part.
Because we’re determined not to let the talent of our youth go to waste, on Monday we launched the ‘youth contract’, a package of measures worth £1 billion over three years which will create opportunities for nearly 500,000 young people.
As part of the deal, we’re offering 160,000 wage incentives, making it cheaper for businesses to take on new staff, helping to create the sustainable private sector jobs our economy so desperately needs.
It’s a great opportunity for organisations in the housing sector. We’ll give you up to £2,275 if you take on an 18 to 24-year-old from the work programme, our scheme giving support, skills and training to the unemployed to get them back to work. That’s more than enough to pay their national insurance for a year.
We’ve listened to business leaders and slashed back the red tape to make it as easy as possible to claim the incentive, so it’s ideal for smaller organisations as well as large. Now my challenge is simple - snap up our offer before other organisations beat you to it.
We will also be offering an extra 250,000 work experience placements over the next three years. We know work experience is effective - more than 34,000 people have already been on a placement and of the early participants half were off benefits after 13 weeks.
Just ask Hawthorn Housing Co-operative in Glasgow. It gave work experience to Steven Murphy, a young man who had applied for more than 100 jobs without success. His work experience led to him being taken on a modern apprenticeship.
Get involved with the youth contract at www.dwp.gov.uk/youth-contract
Chris Grayling is minister for employment