£2 million fund to create job opportunities

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DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is today launching a programme to help young people not in education, employment or training, which will be worth almost £2 million in South Yorkshire.

The money is part of the Government’s £1 billion Youth Contract scheme to provide opportunities for youngsters and will be available to organisations across England, who will be paid by results to get 55,000 16 and 17 year olds back into education or training.

Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg said: “Young people who have fallen through the net need tailored support to get back on track. We can’t treat them like round pegs being forced into square holes – if you’re young and have got to the point where you feel on the scrapheap, you need extra help to succeed in life.

“Disengaged young people often have complex problems that act as a barrier to getting them learning again, which the Government alone can’t deal with. But very often local charities and businesses know what’s going to help them.”

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling, added: “We think payment by results is the best way to ensure that we deliver the best possible support for young people.”