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MP 'overwhelmed' by positive responses from employers

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.

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.

– Chris Evans MP for Islwyn

The scheme is being officially launched at Coleg Gwent's Crosskeys campus today.

New scheme to get young people into work

The Islwyn Work Experience Programme aims to help young people get job experience without effecting their Job Seekers Allowance Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new scheme aimed at getting young people into the job market is being launched in Islwyn.

The Islwyn Work Experience Programme offers 18-24 year old the chance to gain experience by completing eight-week placements with local employers.

The aim is to give young people practical experience of a workplace, while they look for permanent work, without effecting their Job Seeker's Allowance.

Among the businesses that have signed up for the scheme is Barclays, which is offering four placements at their Risca and Blackwood branches, and General Dynamics.