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The UK Government is launching the Youth Contract, a new package of support worth nearly £1 billion that aims to offer young people 500,000 new opportunities over the next three years to gain work experience and find sustained work.

Much of the support offered through the Youth Contract is built around employers. Only employers can offer young people the real work experience and jobs that they need.

From today, if employers take on a young unemployed person from the Government’s Work Programme they can claim a wage incentive payment worth up to £2,275.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said:

‘In many cases, this will be someone’s first job, and I’m convinced that if you give them a chance to demonstrate what they can do, they will pay you back. Find out more about the wage incentive.

‘We are also asking for employers across the country to offer short voluntary work experience placements in their businesses, giving a young person the chance to gain valuable skills, gain confidence and improve their CV. We have an employer factsheet that provides more detailed information on the Youth Contract.’

For more information on the Youth Contract please visit Source DWP. 

The Employment Minister has criticised businesses which employ too many ‘foreign born workers’, even when they are from the EU and have the same rights a British workers. 

EU workers from countries such as Poland, Bulgaria and Romania have come to the UK in large numbers because they know they can easily find work because many British born do not want to take minimum wage jobs or jobs which require unsocial hours.

UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals have been extended until the end of 2013.

Schemes like the Youth Contract and Apprenticeship programme incentivise employers to take on local unemployed people at below minimum wage or subsidised rates of pay.

See also:

Pret A Manger to create 550 new UK jobs

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

Immigration Rule changes to Tier 2 working visas

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

Immigrant skilled workers ‘essential to London economy’

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

7 tips for completing a Yellow Card BR1 application to work and study in the UK

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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