Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will guarantee a real, paid job, preferably in the private sector, to every 18 to 24 year old who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than a year and for every adult aged 25 and over who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 2 years.
Participants will be required to undergo training provided by the employer as well as intensive job-search activity for a permanent opportunity at the end of the six months. Those jobseekers who refuse to take up the offer of a job would risk losing their benefits, in line with the existing sanctions regime.
By bringing together government, employers and workers to tackle the issue of long-term unemployment Labour will ensure that this is a recovery for the many.
Recent data confirms that Youth Unemployment stands at 764,000. This represents a rise of 30,000 on the previous quarter. Long-term unemployment for those aged 18-24 stands at 188,000.
Crucially, 27,675 under 25 year olds have been out of work and claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more than one year. This is the group Labour would aim to get into work.
In the North West, 3,370 jobs would be created for young people, and a further 14,325 jobs would be for adults.
During the debate, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I commend … the work of Tameside’s Labour council, which has implemented, as part of its ‘15for15’ pledges, a local youth jobs guarantee and a Tameside enterprise scheme that will support small businesses not only to take on and to train young people, but to give them vital mentoring.”