West of England Mayor Tim Bowles has welcomed today’s announcement by the Chancellor of a £2bn scheme to create more jobs for young people, £1.6bn for employment support and a £3bn green investment plan to cut carbon emissions.
He said that the new Government funding will help support the West of England’s economic recovery from Covid-19: “I’ve prioritised getting people the skills and training they need in the West of England’s plan for economic recovery and renewal, and the Chancellor’s announcements today are going to be a big boost to that. These schemes will help connect our young people with the world of work and the opportunities they need to succeed. This is something my West of England Taskforce and my Metro Mayor colleagues across the country have been calling for, and I’m pleased the Government has listened.”
The Government’s £2bn scheme will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Businesses can apply from August, and new jobs are expected to start this autumn.
A further £1.6bn will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships to help people looking for a job.
Tim said: “This investment will make a huge difference and will add to the measures I’ve already put in place in the West of England, such as our expanded Future Bright coaching and mentoring programme. We’re also supporting adult education providers to ensure thousands of people in the region have access to the training and re-training opportunities they need, both now and in the long term.”
The £3bn green investment package includes £5,000 vouchers for households to spend on energy-saving home improvements, and creating around 140,000 new jobs to achieve the net zero carbon emissions target.
Tim added: “We have a real chance to seize this opportunity and build back better. From making sure our skills programmes are giving our people a good start in these green jobs of the future, to having a programme which supports local energy schemes to create a low carbon future for the region. I have extended our Careers Hub which helps young people get better careers advice, and this will include engaging young people in low carbon and green careers. All of this helps ensure the West of England has access to the skilled workforce it needs to tackle the climate emergency.
“I’m working with my regional recovery taskforce to identify what else we need to do as a region. We’re aware of the scale of the challenge – the West of England is pulling together to meet it head on.”
For more details on the Chancellor’s announcements visit: https://bit.ly/CXPlanForJobs.