PM David Cameron backs successful Grimsby Telegraph jobs campaign
THE PRIME Minister has backed the Grimsby Telegraph's Campaign to help give people a brighter future.
Your Life: Your Future is back and once again aims to help tackle unemployment and secure jobs for local people.
The campaign is currently trying to give 200 people from our area a week's worth of work experience in an attempt to get people in or back to work.
David Cameron said it ties in with both the current Government's Youth Contract and Work Programme.
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He said: "Getting Britain working is a key priority of this Government and is one of the greatest challenges we face.
"I want to congratulate the Grimsby Telegraph on the success of their campaign so far to help people take advantage of the rising number of job opportunities out there.
"It is a difficult time for our country, but over the last two years we have seen an extra one million new jobs in the private sector.
"Businesses are taking people on and employment is up by nearly half-a-million people over the last year.
"What we need to do is help those people who are finding it hard to get work and that is what our new Work Programme is all about; giving people tailored support to get the skills and get the right job.
"We are not just helping people who recently became unemployed, but also those who have been out of work for years, or even decades.
"We are prepared to spend up to £14,000 per person to help them get a job that will get them off benefits and give them a chance in life.
"We're also doing all we can to help young people get into work through our £1 billion Youth Contract.
"We are creating 250,000 extra work experience places and have doubled the incentive for private employers to take on apprentices.
"More than 440,000 apprenticeships have taken place this year alone.
"But the task of changing our country for the better isn't just the job of Government – it needs support from businesses, jobseekers, communities and the media.
"Initiatives like the one the Telegraph is supporting play an important local role in this and that's why I'm delighted to wish the campaign every success."
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has also highlighted the importance of work experience.
The CBI is one of the UK's leading independent employers' organisation.
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills added: "Gaining hands-on experience of the workplace is vital to giving young jobseekers a foot in the door, and it can make such a difference when they are applying for interviews.
"This is a great initiative which will change 200 young people's lives.
"We urge Grimsby businesses to get behind it."
If you could offer a work placement to someone, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01472 372236.