New scheme to help unemployed teenagers

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A new 18-month pilot scheme to help prevent teenagers become long-term unemployed has been launched in Sheffield.

The city is one of four places across the country where Jobcentre work coaches will join forces with local authorities and businesses to help 16 and 17-year-olds who are not earning or leaning to tap into local employment and training opportunities.

The aim of the scheme is to help young people who are not on benefits to get back into education, training or employment with training.

Participation in the scheme will be voluntary and open to 16 to 17-year-olds not in receipt of an out-of-work benefit.

Minister for Employment Esther McVey said: “Every young person deserves the best chance in life so they can secure their future.”