Hundreds of thousands of jobs supported in record £650 billion infrastructure investment, government says

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The Government has set out how £650 billion of private and public investment will be implemented in infrastructure projects across the country over the next decade.

This comes as the Government also publishes its new jobs progress update – which it says shows how millions of people and businesses have been supported through its Plan for Jobs and more than £350 billion of support since the pandemic began.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Today’s announcement of 425,000 jobs supported per year over the next four years shows that we are sticking to our plan as we level up opportunities across the country.”

So far, £68.5 billion has been spent on the furlough scheme alone, protecting 11.6 million people since its inception, or more than a third of the entire workforce right across the UK.

The Plan for Jobs is also supporting people to develop the skills they need to find the jobs of tomorrow. So far:

  • 63,000 young people have started their Kickstart job;
  • Restart will help over a million long-term unemployed people on Universal Credit;
  • More than 80,000 apprentices have been newly hired under our new incentive payments;
  • More than 138,000 people have benefitted from the Job Entry Targeted Support, and; *An average of 1,200 job seekers per week enrolling on a Sector-based Work Academy Programmes.