During the recession, 18- to 24-year-olds became the fastest-growing age group on the unemployment benefit. Those who get knocked back during the crucial early years in the workforce can quickly lose confidence.

That’s why the National Government announced a new $55 million Youth Employment Package last Tuesday.

The package is about getting unemployed young people into good jobs and training. It’ll help about 15,000 young people over four years.

National is offering employers $5000 subsidies to take on unemployed young people and provide training opportunities. We’re also expanding our successful Limited Service Volunteers programme, which is a six-week course delivered by the Defence Force. It gives young unemployed people basic military and life training skills so they have the confidence to find a job.