A Labour government will create jobs for young people

Too many young people are still unemployed. The Tories have failed to get a grip of this problem and their schemes to get young people back to work – including the Work Programme and Youth Contract – are failing badly.

The cost of youth unemployment hits the taxpayer hard, and being unemployed when young damages people’s prospects years into the future.

Unlike the Tories, Labour refuses to write off our young people. We will get young people back to work so that the UK can earn its way out of the cost-of-living crisis. Only by making the best use of the talents of everyone in Britain, can we build the fair and balanced economy that we need. That means a new approach to how we develop technical skills as well as action to get our young unemployed people back to work.

Labour has a plan for young people.

  • Labour will guarantee a real, paid, starter job to every 18 to 24 year old who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than a year, and for every adult aged 25 and over who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than two years. These would be jobs people would be required to take, or else risk losing their benefits. We’ll pay for this with a tax on bank bonuses and by restricting pension tax relief for the wealthiest.

  • We will build a new post-18 apprenticeship and vocational education system to drive up the number of quality apprenticeships. To help achieve this, we will give businesses more control over the funding and design of apprenticeships in exchange for increases in the quantity and quality of training.

  • We will help create a new generation of skilled workers by ensuring that every large firm that wins a major contract from the Government must commit to providing apprenticeships and training young people for high-skilled jobs.

  • We will ensure that every jobseeker is assessed for basic English, maths and IT skills. Anyone lacking basic skills would be offered training to improve their chances of finding a job – training that they would be required to take up or lose benefits.

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