The Islwyn Work Experience Scheme has been created by local MP Chris Evans. He said he was motivated by the high number of 18-24 year olds who were out of work in the area.
– Chris Evans MP for Islwyn
Not only will this provide a young person with practical experience of a workplace but it will have no impact on their Jobs Seekers Allowance - enabling them to continue to look for permanent work.
Since inviting businesses in Islwyn to take part in the scheme in recent weeks I have been overwhelmed by the positive response of local employers.
Job Centre Plus has offered their support by helping sort through CVs and interviewing candidates, while Barclays Bank, who have recently created their own 'LifeSkills' work programme, have helped fund the booklet to accompany the launch.
The scheme is being officially launched at Coleg Gwent's Crosskeys campus today.