More young people now working. But in what and for what?

The latest labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics for May to September   (www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/september-2014/statistical-bulletin.html)  show significant falls in unemployment amongst 16-24 years – down to 747 000 (16.6%) from 960 000 (12%)  a year ago and from 853 000 over the last quarter. Amongst  those between 18-24 year who are not in full-time … Continue reading More young people now working. But in what and for what?

Back to school for some of the NEETS: but for what sort of learning?

New Government figures (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lowest-rate-of-young-people-neet-for-20-years) show the number of 16-18 year old NEETS at the lowest level for 20 years with a drop of a fifth over the last year. 81% of the age group were in education or work based training at the end of 2013 (70% in full-time school or college). The reduction in … Continue reading Back to school for some of the NEETS: but for what sort of learning?

Labour, Young People and the Job Seekers Allowance.

Labour proposes to make unemployed young people between 18-21,  without a level 3 (equivalent to A-level)  qualification ineligible for Job Seekers Allowance (70% of current youth claimants are in this category).  Identified as a further rolling back of the welfare state by most critics –it’s been unveiled alongside plans to make eligibility for full JSA … Continue reading Labour, Young People and the Job Seekers Allowance.

Young People in the Labour Market

Unemployment has officially fallen to its lowest level for 5 years, with economic output (though not output per person) about to reach its pre-recession level and  growth rates predicted to return to around 3%  for the next 2 or 3 years.  The Coalition, fearing a hammering in this week’s local and European elections are anxious … Continue reading Young People in the Labour Market

Up to 27 applicants for every apprenticeship vacancy

As The Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10617382/Up-to-27-school-leavers-competing-for-each-apprenticeship.html) has reported;   recent National Apprenticeship Service figures show a huge shortage in the number of apprenticeships –with 12 applicants for each vacancy but over twice that in some sectors. Having largely disappeared by the end of the 1980s, apprenticeships have been reinvented in response to high levels of youth unemployment and … Continue reading Up to 27 applicants for every apprenticeship vacancy

Guardian correspondence

Graduating with loads of debt and no job: is this really a 'lost  generation'?                                                                                                                          http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/dec/27/graduating-debt-no-job-lost-generation Patrick Ainley responds   www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jan/02/lost-generation-higher-education    Both left and right have failed the jobless young http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/03/right-left-failing-young-people-jobs?commentpage=6 Martin Allen responds http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/08/structural-changes-youth-unemployment Rather than being the caused   by the limitations of education system, whatever they may be , or the absence of role models; … Continue reading Guardian correspondence

In 2014: one in ten young people ‘have nothing to live for’

2014 can  be a year for putting young people back near the top of the political agenda – and as a matter of urgency.  This week’s report on research commissioned by the Princes Trust  showed 40% of young people who were  long term unemployed  experienced symptoms of mental illness including suicidal thoughts.  But it also … Continue reading In 2014: one in ten young people ‘have nothing to live for’