Employers can claim a £1,000 subsidy for each young unemployed person they recruit, the Government announced yesterday.
Young people will also receive pre-employment training packages going into new jobs as part of the Care First Careers initiative announced by Work Minister Jim Knight and Care Minister Phil Hope.
The Government has made £75million available to fund the initiative and create up to 50,000 jobs.
Care First Careers is part of the Government’s wider young person’s guarantee scheme, which warrants that everyone unemployed for six months aged between 18 and 24 will get a job offer, work experience or training.
Announcing the initiative, Phil Hope said:
“The population of Britain is ageing. For the first time we have more over 65s than under 18s.
“The Government is planning a new National Care Service to meet the growing demand for adult care and we need to get the next generation of care staff in place now.
“Care services offer challenging and rewarding careers: from managing care homes to supporting older and disabled people live independently.
“I hope the Care First Careers initiative will encourage more young people to consider a future in care and help give them the leg-up they need to get started.”
To support the introduction of Care First Careers, a series of 11 regional launch events will take place in January and February 2010 throughout Britain. To learn more about these events and how to apply for the £1,000 subsidy, employers can visit the Job Centre Plus website.
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