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A local scheme, initiated by Labour MP Hazel Blears, has successfully supported unemployed young people into work experience, and in some cases, employment. The MP for Salford and Eccles launched the scheme last year, amid concerns that talented young people did not have the confidence, or personal and professional connections needed to get work experience with local employers, according to the Manchester Gazette.
“With unemployment still high in Salford, particularly among the under-24s, it is increasingly hard for young people to get that crucial foot in the door. It is particularly difficult for those from poorer backgrounds, whose families may not have connections among relatives, friends, and colleagues to help them get work experience. I started Kids Without Connections because I didn’t want their potential to be wasted and I wanted to do something to give them hope for the future,” said Hazel back in January.
42 local young people the ‘Kids Without Connections’ scheme each completing short periods of work experience. 16 of the candidates have now secured full-time employment or have been offered apprenticeships, by companies involved in the programme and other local businesses.
“So many of the employers who took part in last years’ scheme told me how rewarding they found it to give a young person that chance and then see them grab it with both hands,” added Mrs Blears.