Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Plan for Jobs

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 27 January 2021 10:50

I am pleased that the Government have announced new funding to help get young people into work as we continue to prioritise job creation and ensure more young people can gain the skills they need to progress in their careers as we build back better from the pandemic.

As MP for Norwich North, ensuring people in Norwich have the jobs we need is one of my priorities and I welcome the Governments priority has been to support, protect and create jobs throughout the pandemic, giving businesses of all sizes an incentive to create more trainee opportunities to give young people a vital route into work.

That’s why the Government have announced new funding as part of our Plan for Jobs, offering firms a £1,000 bonus for every trainee that they take on, up to a maximum of 10 trainees. The programmes last between 6 weeks and 12 months, and focus on developing vital employability skills, alongside additional English, maths and digital skills. This is in addition to the apprentice scheme announced last year, which offers employers up to £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire, and our £2 billion Kickstart Scheme.

As we build back better from the pandemic it is vital that we help young people get the skills and confidence they need to progress as well as supporting businesses to create and fill more jobs up and down the country.

To find out how to get involved with the Norwich for Jobs project as an employer or a young person looking for work please e-mail