Yvette Cooper announces Local Employment Partnerships boostWork & Pensions Secretary, Yvette Cooper, has announced that the original target for Local Employment Partnerships would be trebled from 250,000 to 750,000, when addressing the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

Highlighting the success of the scheme, she said: “Now we will treble our original plans to help a total of over 750,000 people into jobs by the end of next year.”

“Across the country, major employers have been signing up to the Backing Young Britain campaign.”

Local Employment Partnerships help people back into work by preparing them, and training them to meet local employers’ needs, while ensuring they will be given a fair chance. Employers agree to run work trials, and mentor or interview applicants they would not otherwise consider because they have been out of work for a long time.

Cooper said: “These partnerships have already successfully helped hundreds of thousands of people into jobs, but we must do more. That’s why we’re increasing the help, so that half a million more people will be supported into a job.”