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Jobless win skills lifeline

PUBLISHED: 15:03 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010

A TRAINING centre for young people has welcomed a raft of new measures set out in the Budget aimed at preventing the recession triggering long-term unemployment. Chancellor Alistair Darling announced in the Budget last week that every unemployed under-25

A TRAINING centre for young people has welcomed a raft of new measures set out in the Budget aimed at preventing the recession triggering long-term unemployment.

Chancellor Alistair Darling announced in the Budget last week that every unemployed under-25-year-old will be offered either a job or a place in training from January, and pledged a further £260million towards training.

The Young Person Guarantee Scheme was the centrepiece of his strategy to cut rising unemployment as the number of people out of work is expected to reach 3.3 million next year.

The initiative is welcomed by Kellie Major, manager at TBG Learning Centre, in New Road, Gravesend, which offers training for people wishing to get back to work.

She said the announcement would provide even more funding for training, and showed a commitment to increasing skill levels and getting people back into employment as fast as possible.

"In the current economic climate it is important that people have skills that employers value," she added.

"At TBG Learning we offer a range of qualifications designed to help people get back into employment. We have had great success on the courses and many of the learners have gone on to further training or employment."

The Chancellor announced an extra £3bn to help people get back to work faster, and said that Job Centre Plus will receive an extra £1.7bn of funding on top of the £1.3bn he announced in November.

In his budget speech, Mr Darling said: "We are acting decisively to prevent a new generation of young people becoming a lost generation.

"By doing so, we have not just protected people, but we will also reduce the length and severity of the recession, lessening the impact on our public finances in the medium term.

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