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£10 million scheme to help unemployed young people

Almost 35,000 young people in London are facing "severe barriers" to work by not accessing any training or forms of support. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new £10 million scheme is being launched to help long-term unemployed young people in London find work.

Organisation London Youth, said the money from the Big Lottery Fund will be used over the next five years to support 18 to 24-year-olds in the capital into training or jobs.

The announcement came as research by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) found that almost 35,000 young people in London are facing "severe barriers" to work by not accessing any training or forms of support.

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of London Youth, said: "The young people we work with across London consistently tell us that they want to learn new skills and have opportunities for fulfilling careers, but too often they struggle to find the right path."