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Kickstart must focus on quality of placements to tackle doubling of youth unemployment

#Kickstart, the centre piece of @RishiSunak’s Plan for Jobs, is vital for young people facing long-term unemployment, but it needs to have a core focus on the quality of support and making sure young people aren’t left out says leading thinktank.


The Job Support Scheme will make a difference, but needs to be part of a comprehensive plan for jobs, skills and incomes.  The furlough scheme helped to protect millions of jobs, with the Government covering 80% of people’s wages up to £2,500 per month. Without it, unemployment would have risen off the charts.

Second wave of unemployment: We may be in the eye of the storm, with worse to come

#LMI - This @LearnWorkUK briefing sets out analysis of @ONS #LabourMarket statistics released this morning (15 September 2020).  The LABOUR MARKET STATISTICS – September 2020 data covers the number of people claiming benefits up to August 2020, and employment and unemployment figures for the period May to July 2020.

£2 billion Kickstart programme launch is urgently needed and welcome

Evidence shows government-subsidised wage schemes can be successful in times of economic crisis  The launch of the government’s £2 billion Kickstart programme today (2 Sept) is urgently needed and welcome. With numbers of unemployed young people already soaring, and many more due to lose their jobs when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end in October, preventing a further rise in youth unemployment must be a top priority for government.

Why adults benefit from GCSEs too

Good GCSEs in English and maths are essential for young people’s progression in learning and into work, so last week’s vigorous debate on how this year’s grades should be awarded simply reflects what is at stake. Yet GCSEs are not just high stakes for young people. For adults returning to learn, GCSEs are crucial too, with 55,000 adults in England taking GCSEs in English and maths in 2018/19 alone.


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