§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which areas of Newcastle have been targeted for the job interview guarantee scheme; how many agreements with employers have been made; and how many unemployed people have been assisted.
§ Mr. Eggar
The job interview guarantee pilot in Newcastle is being targeted on long term unemployed residents of the Cruddas Park and Loadman Street estates. Employers who participate can be drawn from any area within reach of jobseekers from these estates. The pilot was formally launched at the start of November. No agreements with employers have yet been signed, although many employers have already indicated their interest in participating.