Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget announcement earlier today, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England & Wales said:
“YMCA welcomes the Government’s increased focus and investment in employability for low income and vulnerable people, specifically in the sectors disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and those in which young people make-up the backbone of workers.
“Young people are essential to building back the future of this country’s economy, and the support of schemes such as Kickstart, alongside additional investment in apprenticeships and traineeships, are a vital step in establishing a recovery path for young people in order to mitigate the economic impacts and secure a job post-COVID.
“This budget provides the three essential ingredients in order for young people to get into work and progress in their careers: experience, employment and decent pay.
“Young people have been faced with deep uncertainty about what is next for them in the wake of COVID-19, and so significant investment and a long-term strategy was needed to help them build towards a brighter future. This was rightly unveiled by the Government today and will be music to the ears of many.”
YMCA England & Wales enables more than 28,000 people every year to engage in education and training to enable them to improve their opportunities in the job market.