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Paul Burstow hails scheme to stop “social disaster” of youth unemployment

July 20, 2012 11:15 AM

A pioneering scheme to give young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) opportunities to get back on track was launched today.

The scheme is targeted at the estimated 5,660 of 16-17-year-old NEETs in London and is part of the Lib Dem's Youth Contract scheme.

The programme, to take place over the next three years, will focus on at least 55,000 16-17 year old NEETs nationwide with no GCSEs at A* to C, who are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement.

Today the charities and businesses that will provide the service in London were announced. They will be paid by results and have had to show a strong track-record in getting young people into education, apprenticeships, training or work with training.

Commenting, Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow said:

"Youth unemployment can have impacts on the physical and mental health of young people for years to come. That's why we are prioritising investment in NEETS as part of the Youth Contract so our young people can get the necessary skills for a lifetime of work by earning or learning.

"Young people who have fallen through the gaps need tailored help to get back on track. If we treat everyone the same, it's not going to work. If you've got to the point where you feel on the scrapheap, you need extra help to succeed.

"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. By working with local charities and businesses, we can offer help based around their individual needs to make sure we give them the help they need to get back on top."