Back to Work have today (Wednesday 7 May) launched a major new initiative to tackle youth unemployment in Jersey. Under the Youth Incentive, £650,000 has been made available to enable Jersey businesses to recruit young jobseekers into permanent roles.
Employers will receive the first six months’ salary (worth £6,500) when they employ a local 16 to 24 year-old on a permanent contract who has been registered actively seeking work for six months or more.
Social Security Minister Senator Francis Le Gresley said: “Young people are often untapped talent who are keen to work and just need a chance. Many have been through training courses and work experience programmes and are eager to work to their full potential yet employers will often choose someone with more experience. I hope that this Incentive will help give young people that first step into sustainable employment.
“If employers have a member of staff who is leaving or is being promoted, and have an entry-level vacancy that could be filled by someone, then the Youth Incentive gives them an opportunity to take on and train up a young person at no financial cost.”
Employers have today (Wednesday 7 May) received information about the Youth Incentive and are being invited to an information session to find out more. This will be followed by Meet The Candidate, an event at which employers will be able to meet and interview suitable candidates.
Under the Youth Incentive, employers will receive:
- £6,500 per new employee to cover six months’ salary at 35 hours / week plus the Social Security contributions)
- Support from Back to Work in finding eligible candidates
- Six months’ in-work support from a Back to Work mentor, ensuring that the young person settles in to working life
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