The CBI has welcomed the launch
The CBI has welcomed the launch of the Employment White Paper 'Building Britain's Recovery'.
John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:
The UKs flexible labour market has helped keep the jobless total during the recession lower than many had feared. This white paper recognises that and offers some useful approaches to getting more people back into work. We particularly welcome the Back to Work guarantee. People who accept an offer of work should not be worse off than those who choose to reject it.
On the new apprenticeship support scheme, which offers companies 2,500 to take on a 16-17 year old apprentice, Mr Cridland said:
Were pleased that the Government has adopted this CBI proposal from the summer to help deal with rising youth unemployment. The recession has left many firms struggling to provide apprenticeships, so this extra funding will be very welcome. This will give more young people a positive start to their careers.
On reforms to JobCentre Plus services, Mr Cridland said:
We hope that this additional focus will lead to simpler and better quality interaction with JobCentres, making sure more candidates can use them as a route to getting back to work. Businesses appreciate the improvements already made to JobCentre Plus, including changes to the Rapid Response Service and Local Employment Partnerships.
And on flexible working, Mr Cridland said:
The white paper does not propose extra rules on flexible working, which reflects the success of the the current right to request approach. The system works because it relies on open discussion between staff and employers, and that is not something that further legislation would encourage.