Almost 400 young people in Lincoln took on work experience since 2011

More than 380 young people in Lincoln have taken part in the government’s work experience scheme since 2011, new figures from Jobcentre Plus show.

Another 120 people in Lincoln have had work experience placements in a specific sector, with added training and a guaranteed job interview, according to the stats.

The work experience scheme was launched in January 2011 to help young people aged 16 to 24 gain the experience they need to secure a job before they become eligible for the Work Programme, which offers support for claimants who need more help jobseeking.

Across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, some 2,710 people have taken part in the work experience scheme, the figures show.

Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban, said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to business owners in Lincoln 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,” Mark Hoban added.