Brown To Unveil Plan To Create 500,000 Jobs

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to unveil plans to create half a million new jobs in an effort to have "A British job for every British worker."

In his first speech to the Trade Union Congress (TUC) since succeeding Tony Blair as Prime Minister in June, Mr Brown plans to target lone parents and the long-term unemployed to include cash incentives.

A spokesman for Brown said: "In total, the Government believes that if we are able to implement all of these measures, an extra 500,000 British jobs could be created for British workers.

"The Prime Minister believes that, with jobs today available for more than 30 million people in the country, we can - if we make the right decisions - advance closer to full employment than ever before in our history, so that there is a British job for every British worker."

Young people who left school this summer are also set to be offered a guarantee of a place on a pre-apprenticeship course or in college by the end of this month, and all teenagers will be approached to make sure they are taking up training opportunities.

Mr Brown will say that, despite 340,00 more young people being in work than in 1997, he believes there are still too many over-16s who are not in education, training or work.


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