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Number of young Brits out of work hits 3.6million as Boris Johnson unveils plan to reverse job losses

COVID TOLL ON JOBS

BORIS Johnson will tomorrow outline his vision for reversing Covid job losses — as the number of young people not in work hit 3.6million.

The PM will unveil a Lifetime Skills Guarantee that offers every adult without an A-level or equivalent qualification a free, fully funded college course.

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An extra £8million will be poured into digital skills “boot camps” across the country.

It will help give Brits who lost their job during the Covid crisis the training needed to find new work.

And it is designed to make the economy more flexible in future downturns.

In a major speech tomorrow, the PM will say: “We cannot, alas, save every job. 

“What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs. So my message today is that at every stage of your life, this government will help you get the skills you need.

“We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.”

Office for National Statistics figures show youth unemployment surged by 6.7 per cent to 563,000 in lockdown. There was also a 4.3 per cent rise in the number of 16 to 24-year-olds dubbed economically inactive, which includes those in education.

It means that, between April and July, the number not in work rose 4.1 per cent to 3.6million.

But the real figure may be much higher as it is masked by the furlough scheme and other Government support.

Chief of retail giant Next says firms risk becoming 'hooked' on furlough and thousands of jobs could go 

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