Government youth programme not enough to tackle unemployment
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According to MPs, the government’s youth programme is not enough to tackle unemployment amongst the young. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show more than one million young people in the UK are jobless at present, the highest since records began in 1992. Politicians are concerned about the affect this will have on young people, arguing that teenagers will be “sucked into a vortex” of life without work. This is a fear shared by those about to commence university in the next few weeks, who face dwindling job prospects post-graduation. Similarly, post-graduate students are facing bleak prospects in the current economic downturn, with many graduates reporting that they are being exploited by employers to work for free through internships, aware that it is a way to gain a place in the austere job market.
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