Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said a new job scheme for teenagers will help them ‘reach their potential’.
For the first time, 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to get specialist coaching to find work and training, rather than having to wait until they reach the age of 18.
The scheme is being piloted in Sheffield as well as three other locations and will give young people access to CV writing and interview technique workshops.
Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg, who announced the project as part of measures to help young people, said: “As our economy gets stronger, we need to make sure that every single young person shares in the recovery and gets help to reach their potential.
“For the first time 16 and 17-year-olds who need help to find work or training will have access to jobcentres where they will get tailored support from a work coach.
“We need to do all we can to help them gain essential skills for work.
“This is so they can play their part in securing Britain’s long term success, building a stronger economy and fairer society for this generation and the next.”
If it is successful, the scheme could be rolled out across the country in the future.