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Schools out in the East of England, #summerjobs in

27 Jul Schools out in the East of England, #summerjobs in

As schools across the East of England break up for the hottest holiday in 350 years, a new campaign is being launched to highlight how local summer jobs can help set young people on the path to a brighter future.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey is highlighting the value of summer jobs to help young people get a foot in the door, gain experience for a CV and stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future.

The campaign comes at a time when Saturday and part time employment rates amongst young people have been falling. In 1997, 42% of 16-17 year old and 39% of 18-24 year old students combined work and study, which had fallen to 18% and 33% in 2014 respectively.

As part of the campaign, a dedicated portal for summer job applications has been launched on the free Government jobs site Find a Job to make it easier than ever to find the perfect role. The campaign will connect young people with the portal so they can find the right match for them, and more employers are being urged to get on board.

You can follow and tweet the hash tag #summerjobs.