Job experience key to helping job-hunters find work, says minister

ROTHERHAM businesses and charities have been praised by Government Employment Minister Mark Hoban for helping people into work.

Figures released today by the Department of Work and Pensions show that 620 Rotherham people have taken part in the Government’s work experience scheme since January 2011.

Another 130 people in Rotherham have had work experience placements in a specific sector, with added training and a guaranteed job interview.

Mr Hoban said local employers were helping people get vital work skills and experience through the scheme.

He is encouraging more organisations to provide work experience opportunities.

Mr Hoban said: "I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to business owners in Rotherham for helping so many young people to get their foot in the door by offering them a work experience placement.

"Helping them to experience the world of work increases their chances of moving into a job.

"I would also like to appeal to other local businesses who aren't yet involved in the scheme to get in touch with their local jobcentre and give many more young people like them a chance.

"It can be good for your business too as young people bring with them new ideas and enthusiasm which can help your business to expand and grow."

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