JOBSEEKERS across Hartlepool have taken in part in more than 900 voluntary employer-led or work experience placements in the last four years, new figures reveal.
Jobcentre Plus figures show 640 people have taken part in work experience and 320 have been on pre-employment training since January 2011.
Across the North East, jobseekers have taken part in more than 33,000 voluntary employer-led placements or work experience through Jobcentre Plus since January 2011
The work experience placement scheme is voluntary and allows people looking for work to do a placement of between two to eight weeks.
Sector-based work academies are voluntary employer-led schemes made up of pre-employment training, work experience placements and a guaranteed job interview.
Across the region, 17,500 people have taken part in the former and more than 15,500 places in the latter.
Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “The young people I meet tell me that they need work experience to get a job – but they need a job to get work experience.
“That’s why we hugely expanded our schemes, which have now benefitted nearly half a million people, helping them to get their foot on the career ladder.
“With youth unemployment falling by a fifth in the last year, we are making sure this country’s young people get the best possible start to their working lives, giving them the opportunity to build a career and perhaps go on to be the employers of the future.
“Record numbers of people are now in work – with the majority of the rise in the last year being full-time job – and they are feeling more secure about having a steady income, and we are working closely with employers across the country to ensure jobseekers have the skills and experience that businesses need.”
Nationwide, jobseekers have taken part in more than 300,000 work experience placements and more than 169,000 places on sector-based work academies have been picked up.