Wage subsidy scheme for young people in Hambleton

A £100,000 scheme to help young people get off benefits and into the workplace is being started in Hambleton. The council's 'Changing Lives Building Business' initiative will support up to 15 apprenticeships with small Hambleton-based businesses.

It will offer a wage subsidy scheme whereby the council will pay half the wages of 15 young people for six months. The council will also be looking to employ a pool of 15 apprentices within its own departments.

This ground breaking plan will help some of the young unemployed in the district - as well as some smaller businesses employ apprentices for the first time, in particular those that might struggle to afford to employ an apprentice. Many young people leave school and have no hope of a job - and no future to look forward to. Through this ground breaking scheme we are going to help some of them into employment - reducing the unemployment levels for this age group by around 25% and at the same time helping to boost the local economy."

– Cllr Neville Huxtable