Since its launch in September 2020, a Kickstart Scheme has managed to get 120 young people across East Lancashire into work.

As part of the Government's Plan for Jobs, to support employment during the pandemic and help build back better, the £2billion Kickstart Scheme pays businesses to create high-quality jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The scheme gives young people the opportunity to find work, develop their skills, and get a crucial first step on the career ladder.

As a result, 120 more young people are now in work across Pendle.

Figures released on Tuesday revealed that the number of people in employment rose by 160,000 in October – well above pre-pandemic levels, showing that the Conservative's Plan for Jobs is working.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the progress of the scheme, saying: "The pandemic has been tough for young people, especially those looking for a job – we want to ensure that no young person is left behind as we continue our recovery.

“The Conservative Government’s Kickstart Scheme is helping us deliver on that mission – getting 120 young people into work across Pendle – as part of the 100,000 helped nationwide.

“This will give more young people the best possible start in the workplace – helping them get a high wage, high skilled job they will need for the future.”

More than 100,000 young people across the country have now started a Kickstart job across all types of employers, ranging from sole traders to some of the biggest companies in the UK.

Over 215,000 jobs in total have been made available for young people to apply to across a range of sectors, including digital, creative and media, and retail.

Over the last month, on average over 3,400 young people have started a Kickstart job each week, and the scheme was recently expanded and extended until March 2022 so that even more young people can benefit from it.

The Kickstart Scheme is just one part of the Conservative Government’s Plan for Jobs, which also includes the £2.9billion Restart Scheme, helping over one million long-term unemployed people find work; the Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme supporting at those unemployed for over three months; and the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, offering 11 million adults a free qualification at any point in their life.

Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: “Kickstart employers in Pendle and up and down the country are giving young people the chance to get on the jobs ladder.

“Having hit the 100,000 milestone, we are now on the last lap and I encourage employers and young people to take advantage of this opportunity as we head towards the finish line of the great Kickstart scheme”.