Pulling out the stops for jobless

Paul Maynard
Paul Maynard
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BLACKPOOL North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard claims the Government is doing all it can to get young people back into work.

The member of Parliament has welcomed new measures by the Government to ensure young people and small businesses feel the full benefits of apprenticeships.

The news comes after The Gazette revealed last week how one in 10 people in Blackpool South were out of work – the 79th worst off constituency in the country - leading to the area’s Labour MP Gordon Marsden to call for action over the unemployment crisis.

The Government said it was hoping to boost youth employment through a raft of measures including offering cash bonuses for taking on young apprentices

They also planned to make it quicker and easier for employers to take on an apprentice as well as ensuring the young employee had skills already in place to do the job they were taken on for.

And Mr Maynard said 940 people started an apprenticeship in his constituency last year, compared with 680 the previous year.

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The MP added: “The fact that 260 more people in Blackpool North and Cleveleys are benefiting from an apprenticeship is thanks to the Government’s extra investment.

“This is great news not just for these individuals, but also for the whole local economy.

“Until now, too many businesses have been put off taking on an apprentice because of unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape. It is therefore good news for businesses and young people the Government is streamlining the system.

“I also welcome the cash bonuses for small firms who take on young apprentices and I urge companies in Blackpool and Cleveleys to take up this opportunity.

“I took on my own apprentice in my office in Blackpool and he has grown into the role and has proven to be an asset to my team.”

The latest employment figures show Blackpool has 5,423 Jobseekers Allowance claimants, a rate of 6.2 per cent, of which 1,470 are aged 16 to 24 (11.6 per cent for the age group).