Thousands of vulnerable youngsters given summer jobs in new government push to stop teens turning to crime


Thousands of vulnerable youngsters in the UK will be offered summer job placements as part of a government initiative aimed at preventing them from turning to a life of crime. The scheme, which will provide work placements of up to six weeks, targets young adults aged 16-24 in areas with high crime rates. Participants will be selected by town halls and pupil referral units. Additionally, teenagers at risk of being not in education, employment, or training after they turn 18 will receive intensive mentoring and one-to-one careers coaching. The programme is receiving £15m in funding from the Department for Media, Culture, and Sport.

Fighting Youth Violence

The summer job placements are part of Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer's commitment to providing vulnerable kids with alternatives to gangs and drug dealing. Frazer emphasizes the importance of giving young people "someone to talk to" and "something to do" to steer them away from a life of crime. By offering job placements and support services, the government aims to provide opportunities for personal development, improve confidence, and increase employment prospects for disadvantaged youth.

Building Skills and Confidence

The new programme complements the government's broader goal of ensuring that every 11 to 18-year-old in England has access to youth clubs, activities, and volunteering opportunities by 2025. Minister for Social Mobility Mims Davies MP highlights the positive impact of the multi-million-pound initiative, stating that it will help disadvantaged young people take decisive steps towards adulthood and unlock the benefits of work. The government is committed to supporting young people from all backgrounds and geographical areas, aiming to create a future in which they can thrive.

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