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The Government’s approach to youth unemployment has so far been insufficient and fragmented, The Work Foundation has asserted.

This must be given priority as the opportunities available to young people will determine the economic future of the country.

The longer young people remain in unemployment, the more difficult it becomes to support them into work, which means that action is necessary now.

A more coordinated national approach to this issue could improve the Government’s response and begin to turn around this downward trend for young people.

However the problem is multi-faceted, and is not entirely down to poor governing at a national level. The young people themselves must be more proactive in seeking work, the education system must equip them with the necessary skills to make the move into employment and employers must offer more opportunities for work experience and training.

Solving youth unemployment will take much more than the creation of a national unit, but it’s not a bad place to start.


Naz Khan   30/07/2012 at 12:55

Everyday I see lots of our young people roaming the streets, city centres and hanging around street corners. Why is that happening? Well there are a number of serious issues: - unemployment - lack of facilities for social and leisure activities - Very few youth clubs - Grass roots funding not there to support any sort of activities to engage young people - Lack of support to encourage volunteering - There is huge apethy towards work, society and the government and local councils by the young people - Now we learn that families can't feed their children as the schools break up for the summer. - We need to have a coherent, coordinated approach to set up the infrastructure to engage our young people. Please act now or we shall be building more prisons.

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