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Seems employment prospects for youngsters are becoming rare, with nearly a million now jobless, and many being forced into further education or the services: the main concern is that we don't see a generation lying in bed till dinner and becoming benefit dependent - so how do we give them a future? :?

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By doing away with an education system that insists all users must spend two years from 14-16 jumping through GCSE hoops to keep their school high in the tables. Fact is, a lot of jobs exist, but very few of them require a qualification in Performing Arts or Media Studies....

 

By looking at aptitudes and steering kids towards careers they will enjoy in industries where there are skill shortages.

 

By coming up with a decent plan for kids 14-16 who obviously don't enjoy study and will be off as soon as they can. Give them options to take skill-based courses and get something to show an employer, instead of forcing them to sit there feeling failures for two years before coming out with a few dismal grades and no self-esteem either.

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According to the council's Strategy for an Ageing Population (WWW news page), one of the aims is to help older people stay in work because of a declining number of young people coming on to the jobs market. Where are these young people? Off to university to learn how to become a student? Or are they work shy?

Or are they being kept out of work by all the oldies who either want to carry on working or can't afford to stop?

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They're not getting born, Egbert. The national statistics for England and Wales show that the birth rate was almost 3 kids per woman in the early sixties, then it declined to a low point of 1.63 kids per woman in 2001. It's risen slightly every year for the last seven and is 1.97 at the minute. Last time it was above 2 was 1973.

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Much as I disagree with paying people to lie in bed, I would prefer the youngsters to stay in bed on the dole rather than sign up for the army to be bundled off to Afghanistan after a few weeks basic training and so to be used as Taliban Target Practice.....

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Can't help but agree with that one Baz.

 

Maybe more incentives need to be given to employers to encourage them to take on apprentices and young inexperienced people.

 

But saying that with so many businesses cutting back these days and so many qualified people being out of work why should businesses pay a weekly wage and take on the responsibility of in house training for apprentices/youngsters when they can probably take on fully qualified people for not much more a week :?

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Think LP has hit the nail on the head ( feints); the powers that be (with the help of employers) need to identify our future skills needs then train youngsters for those anticipated skill requirements; rather than the current fiction of sending more folk to University on mickey mouse courses. As for the services; many join out of boredom or desperation with civvy street, perhaps the safest choice would be the senior service! :wink:

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