Cash boost for young jobless

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UP to 6,000 jobless young people in Sheffield are to benefit from a £1 billion Government scheme to get every unemployed young person into work, education or training under a plan announced by Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Mr Clegg said the Government is to create a Youth Contract scheme, similar to the old Youth Training Scheme run in the 1980s and 1990s which would subsidise work placements for young people.

Mr Clegg said: “Too many young people in Sheffield are finding themselves cast adrift through no fault of their own.

“Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are determined to do the right thing and help to get every unemployed young person working or learning again before long term damage is done.

“We can’t afford to leave our young men and women on the scrap heap. We need the next generation to help us build a new economy.

“This is a £1bn package and what’s different about it is gets young people into proper, lasting jobs in the private sector.

“But it’s a contract, a two-way street: if you sign up for the job, they’ll be no signing on for the dole. You have to stick with it.”