Welfare to Work, Young People

Work and Pensions Committee: Youth unemployment, Youth Contract

Work and Pensions Committee: Youth unemployment, Youth Contract

Work and Pensions Committee

Select Committee Announcement

12 July 2012
For Immediate Release:
AN09 2012–13


Youth unemployment: Final oral evidence session with Government Ministers and officials

With youth unemployment figures standing at more than 1 million the Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into Youth Unemployment and the Youth Contract.

The Youth Contract is a package of new and existing Government measures, across several Departments and agencies, designed to tackle youth unemployment and to increase engagement in post-16 education and job training. Measures include wage incentives to employers, more JCP work experience placements, extra apprenticeships for young people and a new initiative to support 16–17 year olds with no qualifications. The Government has committed an additional £1 billion to these and other measures over the next three years.

In the final oral evidence session in the inquiry, the Committee will hear evidence from Government Ministers and officials. Details of the evidence session are as follows:

4.30pm, Monday 16 July 2012
Thatcher Room, Portcullis House


· Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Minister of State for Employment, DWP

· John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, BIS

· Iain Walsh, Head of Labour Market Intervention Strategy, DWP

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