Summer statement measures ‘will contribute to pulling back from the cliff edge of mass unemployment’

In response to the government’s summer statement today, Nicola Inge, Director of Employment and Skills at Business in the Community, said: “The Jobs Retention Bonus, the Kickstart Scheme, the incentives for new apprenticeships and the commitment to green jobs announced by Rishi Sunak today will make a significant contribution to pulling the UK back from the cliff edge of mass unemployment.

“These are incredibly challenging times for employers and jobseekers alike and these measures are a positive step towards mitigating the negative impact on our economy and society.

“For these measures to be truly effective we need government to cut through bureaucracy and make the process of participating and taking people on as easy as possible for employers.

“It’s crucial that the most disadvantaged young people and jobseekers have wraparound support to take up these opportunities where they exist. On traineeships in particular, we recommend that there are consistent standards for what a quality work placement should look like and that this should be grounded in the development of essential skills such as problem solving, teamwork and leadership. These should also be linked to apprenticeships or job opportunities.”

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