Last reviewed 12 March 2014

Labour has pledged that its Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will be funded for the whole of the next Parliament, if it wins the 2015 General Election.

The scheme aims to address the problem of young people who are not in education, employment or training (known as NEETs). All 18 to 24-year-olds who are out of work for a year will be offered a taxpayer-funded job for six months. This would comprise:

  • 25 hours’ work per week on the minimum wage

  • guaranteed compulsory training from the employer.

Anyone who refuses the work will lose benefits.

The aim is for up to 80% of the jobs to be created in the private sector.