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Prince’s Trust to Partner Jobcentre Plus

Charitable organisations will be based in local Jobcentre Plus centres to aid young people into volunteering, training, education and employment, the government has announced.

Organisations such as the Prince’s Trust will consult and advise with unemployed people struggling to find sustainable work, as the DWP continues its mission to reduce the 2.5 million unemployment figure.


Yesterday in Parliament, the Secretary of State for the DWP, Iain Duncan-Smith MP said:

“Prince’s Trust advisers and other local voluntary organisations will start to have a desk that they man in Jobcentres in the next few weeks, and that provision should be available pretty much around the country in April. This will be enormously helpful in tying the voluntary sector in to some of the most difficult people.

“First, what we are doing will really open the door to the voluntary sector’s engagement in the whole process.


The scheme will target disadvantaged young people as well as the economically inactive, those who have not sought work for over a month.  The UK inactivity rate for 16-64 year olds rose 0.2 per cent to 9.37 million for the three months to November 2010, while the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds reached 951, 000, on the quarter, the highest level since 1992.  Martina Milburn, Chief executive at the Prince’s Trust believes these figures will fall as charitable organisations aid young people to find training, education and employment:

Website:  DirectGov, Parliament, ONS, Prince’s Trust


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