Jobs scheme gets backing

Coun Amy Cross

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PLANS to set up a £1bn flagship scheme to create more jobs for young people have been backed on the Fylde coast.

Deputy Prime minister Nick Clegg announced the scheme as part of a Youth Contract to offer a route into work for young people.

The Government will subsidise the cash needed for a business to provide a job to a young person and hope to make 410,000 jobs nationally.

Steve Pye, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch, said: “We welcome any initiative to provide funding to help the youth get back into work.

“It will help the economy, businesses and get people off the welfare state, which gets them more experience and more funding.

“This should help business understand what is going on because they can sometimes be unaware when they are running a business from day to day.”

Katie Dziubinska, 18, a student at St Mary’s Catholic Sixth Form College, found work at a hotel and says this scheme will provide a wealth of benefits to other youngsters.

She added: “People coming out of university with big student loans and a degree are all finding it hard to find a graduate job.

“It has been very valuable getting work experience because even with a part time job you can put it on your CV and get more experience from there.

“Hopefully this will work because there have been a lot of attempts to get people working.”

Coun Amy Cross, cabinet member for young people at Blackpool Council, added: “I’m happy there is funding to encourage businesses to employ more people and get them into work.

“We know apprenticeships and youth contracts work.

“If there are going to be real incentives for people to get into work, that’s great, but there’s still a lot more that needs to be done.”