New Scheme Announced to Tackle Youth Unemployment

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According to recent figures one in three 16-24 year-olds in some parts of Britain are jobless.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has announced plans for a new programme to encourage work experience, to try and break the benefit cycle and get Britain’s youngsters into work. This programme comes after official statistics show 260,000 under 16′s that live in homes where nobody has worked.
The new scheme will set the young people up for eight weeks work experience – compared to the two weeks that they are allowed to do on the old system before losing their benefits.

Mr Grayling said the latest figures “highlight once again the shocking betrayal of this country’s young people by the last Labour government.

“Billions were squandered on the New Deal and Future Jobs Fund which too often merely put the young in short term, public sector jobs that were unsustainable,” he added.

The Confederation of Small Businesses (CBI) have said that the move was good for jobseekers and businesses.

Liam Byrne, Shadow work and pensions secretary, said the government was hitting youngsters with a “triple whammy” as they cut jobs, scrap Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and increased university fees.

The continued frustration at the lack of opportunities for young people is shown in Sandwell area of the West Midlands which has a youth unemployment rate of 31.7%

“It’s tough, really tough,” said one 17-year-old girl. “I have tried lots of time at the Job Centre but I haven’t got anywhere. You reach the point where you think ‘shall I give up?’”

The financial crisis has forced many companies to make cutbacks and stop recruiting. Have you been affected by the lack of opportunities for 16-25 year-olds? Please leave you comments in the box below.

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