Headlines: January 12th, 2000

A new ten-point action plan has been issued by Government to increase the pressure on New Deal to provide results.As with other change projects, the emphasis is on making widespread those initiatives that have been shown to work.

The plan will include tests and help for the 40 per cent of young people on New Deal who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills.

To help nail down and retain a job, there will be compulsory lessons on presentation to ensure young jobseekers perform well in front of employers, and job coaches will offer continued support in helping people who have been long-term unemployed to make the transition back into work.

In its first two years New Deal has helped almost 170,000 people move from long-term unemployment into work by making people more employable.