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Scheme pledges 2,000 jobs for young Londoners

A new initiative that promises to create jobs for young unemployed people in London has been launched.

Up to 2,000 people will be recruited through the Young Working London scheme over the next three years.

It will promote training, mentoring and work experience and target the capital's most deprived areas.

Chris Robinson, chief executive of the Mayor's Fund for London which runs the scheme, said: "We believe that the way out of poverty is a decent job."

"However, the current employment landscape is confusing for both young people seeking work and for employers who want to help.

"The initiative will fill the gap between employers' skills needs and opportunities for disadvantaged young people into work and a brighter future,"

More than one in five people aged between 18 and 24 in inner London claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

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