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Liberal Democrats in Government getting young people earning or learning

Published by Lynne Featherstone on Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 18:14 pm

Liberal Democrats in Government has recently announced that young people in Haringey who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), will see an investment of over £430,000 to get them earning or learning again.


As part of Nick Clegg’s Youth Contract, the Coalition Government will, for the first time, target funding through tailored support on a payment-by-results system to 16 and 17-year-olds with no GCSEs at A* – C who are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement.


Commenting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:


“We’re doing the right thing in government and supporting young people in Haringey who have had difficulty finding a job or training when they’ve left school.


“This funding will ensure they receive personal, targeted support from experts to help them develop the confidence and skills that they need to stay in education or find a job.


“Youth unemployment here in Haringey is very high, and it’s absolutely right that although money is tight, we’re prioritising investment in the Youth Contract to get young people earning or learning.”


Commenting further, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg said:


“Sitting at home with nothing to do when you’re so young can knock the stuffing out of you for years. It is a tragedy for the young people involved and a ticking time bomb for the economy and our society as a whole. This problem isn’t new, but in the current economic climate we urgently need to step up efforts to ensure some of our most troubled teenagers have the skills, confidence and opportunities to succeed.


“Many of them will have complex problems: truancy, teenage pregnancy, a lack of GCSEs and health problems. So helping them onto their feet will not be without challenges and Government cannot do this alone. But we all have a duty to reach out to the young people who can be hardest to reach.”


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