Youth unemployment continues to increase

British Youth Council (BYC) have carried out a survey of Young people aged 11 to 25 which reveals young people believe that youth unemployment will worsen and competition for university places is set to increase this year.

The BYC survey Our Future:

  • Young people believe that youth unemployment will worsen and competition for university places is set to increase.
  • Most young people (6 out of 10) think the Government's strategy will not tackle youth unemployment.
  • Only 6 out of 10 young people are optimistic about whether they will have the job and career they want in the future.
  • 68% feel that the Government's strategy for economic growth does not involve young people.

Sixth Formers/ College students, aged 16-18 (sample 433) told BYC:

  • 64% expect youth unemployment to worsen in the UK by the end of this year.
  • 55% expect competition for university places to worsen in 2012.

BYC have asked for decision making employers, educators and Government to address the issues more pragmatically to prevent unemployment having long term consequences on society. Young people have continued to bear the brunt of the downturn in the economy.

The Office of National Statistics data showed, with 1.04 million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work in the three months to December, an increase of 22,000 on the previous three months. The unemployment rate among this group is 22.2%.

On the 6th February 2012 the ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment, chaired by David Miliband MP, released its recommendations.

Liam Preston, Chair of BYC: "The ACEVO report not only highlights the terrible cost of youth unemployment to the economy but points to complex underlying causes. However - if you are on the receiving end of youth unemployment none of this matters. The unemployment rate for you as an individual is 100%!"

"We want to be more positive and call on those in power, be they politicians, employers or educators - to start talking to us, and with us about the future. After all the future is a world where we will all have to live together, and where future prosperity depends on how well we prepare the youth of today to rise to its challenges."

Another Participation Works partner National Children's Bureau (NCB) work through listening to and working with children and young people; including providing practical intervention schemes that equip young people with vital life skills needed to find employment.

NCB's life skills and employment programmes include Young NCB, Young Inspectors, Life Routes and the Skills Development Programme.

Participation Works is a partnership of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth Agency

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