31/08/2001

New Deal scheme shows continuing promise

The government's flagship New Deal for Young People has proved to be a continuing success after new figures showed that 312,000 young people in the UK had moved from benefits to employment.

Approximately 9,700 young people found jobs in June through the New Deal scheme, which has been extended to other groups since its launch in 1998.

Since 1998 when the scheme was set up around 243,000 of the 312,000 young people have been helped to move from claiming benefit into sustained jobs, while the rest of them have entered jobs lasting up to 13 weeks.

Minister For Work Nick Brown said that the figures reflected the success New Deal was achieving across the UK.

He said that the government was seeking to build on the scheme by improving flexibility and having a greater focus on the needs of employers in crucial sectors of the economy. (CD)

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