Jobcentre Plus scheme rolled out across schools

The government has launched a scheme to provide expert employment support to young people in schools.

The project, launched by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith and Employment Minister Priti Patel, is part of a ‘Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools’ initiative which will enable local Jobcentre Plus advisers to offer 12-18 year olds an insight into the world of work and advice on future decisions such as traineeships and apprenticeships.

Advisers will support schools in providing high quality work experience opportunities so that young people can gain direct insights into what potential employers are looking for.

Each individual school will decide what level of support advisers can offer to their pupils, varying from the setting up of work experience placements to one-to-one advice and group-led Q&A sessions.

Duncan Smith said: “Extending Jobcentre support into schools will have a dramatic and enormously positive impact on young people’s prospects – helping to ensure that the transition from school to their next pursuit is a smooth and positive one.

“This scheme is fundamentally about social mobility and social justice – ensuring we give all young people the best chance to get on in life. I have boundless ambition for this country’s young people, and through this scheme we will support them to achieve their full potential."

Patel said: “We want every young person, regardless of their background, to be able to get on and reach their full potential – and my mission is to make sure they get every opportunity to do so.

“That is why we are focusing on quality early years childcare, education and making sure every young person is either earning or learning – so that they get the best start in life.

“I am proud that our local Jobcentre Plus advisors are on hand to give pupils extra support to help them make the best choices for their future."

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