UK: £1bn plan fails to create jobs

Government has failed to win the support of employers for its flagship £1billion programme aimed at

Government has failed to win the support of employers for its flagship £1billion programme aimed at tackling youth unemployment, says a report - Credit: PA

The Government has failed to win the support of employers for its flagship £1billion programme aimed at tackling youth unemployment, according to a new report.

A survey of 200 employers found that none had used the Youth Contract to employ a young person.

The scheme was launched in April last year, aimed at giving incentives to firms to give work to unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds.

The poll by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (Rec) found that almost a third of employers were not aware of the Youth Contract, while none had used the programme to hire a young person.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the Rec, said: “The Government has the right intentions but this scheme is being poorly executed. Unless there is a change in delivery, it will make no impact on the high levels of youth unemployment.”

Latest figures showed that 950,000 people aged between 16 and 24 are unemployed.