Labour department says YES to helping youths find work The Hong Kong Labour Department has opened a youth employment resource centre to offer one-stop advisory and support services to job seekers aged 15 to 29. Situated in Mong Kok's Langham Place, the Youth Employment Start (YES) centre allows visitors access to the latest labour market information, while it provides services such as career assessment, career guidance and self-employment support. More information on the centre can be obtained at www.e-start.hk New Deal pays dividends in Britain Every three minutes someone in Britain moves off benefits and returns to work, according to the HR magazine report based on figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions. Credit for that ought to go to the government's New Deal - an initiative launched 10 years ago to help the unemployed work again. The scheme provides skills training, work experience and advice to job seekers who have been out of work for six months or longer. More than 1.8 million people have found work during that time. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for the New Deal to be reformed to remedy an existing lack of skills, rather than the previous lack of jobs. The scheme has also been critical in reducing youth and adult claimant unemployment levels by nearly 75 per cent.