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.
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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