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Employment minister speaks at launch of paid scheme for young job seekers

The ‘Give us a Chance’ consortium was proud to launch ‘Proving Talent’ at the House of Commons on 12 March 2012. As well as Employment Minister Chris Grayling MP, young people, social landlords, work programme prime contracts and MPs attended.

024The scheme will pay young people at least the minimum wage in jobs lasting between six months and a year. The first 4 pilots will give around 100 young people this chance in a range of roles, including working with repair teams, on IT and community development projects, administration, housing and in human resource and communications departments. Candidates will receive support in finding a permanent full-time job, apprenticeship or training course at the end of their placement.

Kate Shone, Chair of GUAC said: “The impact of the economic downturn on young people is a big concern for us. This vital scheme will help young people avoid the benefit trap and give them a chance to get their foot on the employment ladder.”

020David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “This initiative demonstrates the social purpose, flexibility and innovation of housing associations. They are doing some fantastic work supporting people to improve the quality of their own lives.”

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