Tackling youth unemployment

Youth unemployment has reached alarming new heights and statistics estimate that over 1 million people aged between 16-24 are now unemployed.

These unemployment rates spread throughout the United Kingdom, with the worse affected areas being in the North East of England, London and Wales.

The Government has offered various solutions to the problem, from investment in training and apprenticeship schemes. However, nothing has been able to cease the dramatic decline. And as the councils are provided with more power, communities are looking to local government for answers to this problem.

The need for support around social and communication skills, and developing knowledge of workplace protocol is extremely apparent. The Government and businesses should be providing volunteer and internship programs and more workshops should be provided to teach young people CV writing and interview techniques,

Many young people come from backgrounds where unemployment is normal and they have rarely had an opportunity to develop their skills. Young people need to be given the confidence to identify their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses and they need to be prepared for rejection.

Apprenticeships are extremely beneficial for both the apprentice and the business. They encourage business development and they provide an exceptional working atmosphere. Also, with employers requesting high levels of experience or a degree, apprenticeships allow training on the job without it being costly to the business and provide young people with recognised qualifications and a platform to launch into their career. Apprenticeships place young people into employment without them having to compete with older, more qualified or disabled candidates.

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