North of Tyne tackle COVID-19 youth unemployment with £1 million budget

Unemployment in the North East falls above the national average. The Government have proposed a £1 million budged to tackle rising unemployment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lucy Nelson
19th October 2020

This decision comes following the rise in unemployment due to COVID 19. Newcastle unemployment levels are one of the highest in the country with the North East at 5.2% compared to the 4.1% national average.

The £1 million will be split between the governments Kickstart scheme and Youth Hubs across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to help young people find jobs.

The £500, 000 kickstart scheme will provide funding to employers so they can create 6-month job placements for 16-24 years olds on universal credit. This will increase employment opportunities for participants.

At present, employers who can offer 30 or more placements can apply directly to the Department for Work and Pension for Kickstart funding, whereas smaller businesses and charities must apply through an intermediary.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority will bring smaller employers into the new national Kickstart scheme.

Additionally, £400,000 will be spent on Youth Hubs across the region to help young people find jobs and training. In partnership with the Combined Authority, Jobcentre Plus will create virtual and physical Youth Hubs across the North Tyne region to help young people engage with and gain access to Kickstart, apprenticeships, traineeships and other work schemes across the region.

“Young people have borne the brunt of past recessions. We will do everything we can to help them find paid work and protect them from the coming economic storm”

Tackling unemployment and increasing employment prospects across the region is a core part of the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s mission.

“Young people have borne the brunt of past recessions. We will do everything we can to help them find paid work and protect them from the coming economic storm.”, says North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll.

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