The British government will be investing about £2 billion to help young people find jobs, with an additional £1.6 billion to be invested in training and apprenticeship programs. The so-called “kickstart scheme” applies to young people aged 16–24 who are currently claiming social security payments and that are at risk of long-term unemployment. The money will cover six-month job placement programs, and employers can start applying to hire “kickstarters” as early as next month. Additional funding will also be applied to apprenticeships and other training programs, paying businesses £2,000 for every new apprentice under 25 years of age that they hire. Another £17 million will be used to triple the number of available seats in sector-based training academies where students learn trades, are offered work placements, and guaranteed job interviews for positions in high-demand industries. The number of work coaches is also slated to be doubled to 27,000 through a £900 million investment. “We cannot lose this generation,” said UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, announcing the government’s new programs.
Britain Invests in Training, Job Placement for Young People