It's great news that 560 young people in Dover and Deal have taken advantage of the Government Youth Contract scheme to gain work experience to help find work.
Since April 2012, 370 local young people with little previous job experience have started a Work Experience placement, while 190 young people on benefits have started pre-work training, with a guaranteed interview at the end of their placement.
The numbers of young people claiming unemployment benefits in Dover and Deal has now hit a record low of 245 – down 63% since 2010 and 40% in the last year alone.
Our young people should be earning, learning, or in training – not stuck in a life on benefits. The more people taking advantage of the Youth Contract, the lower we can get youth unemployment and boost jobs and life chances for our young people.
Yet there is still more to do. I will continue to fight for more jobs and money and an end to youth unemployment in our community.
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