The chancellor had the opportunity last week to make a real difference to youth unemployment and kick start measures to help young people into jobs. Considering how current initiatives have failed to provide employment and more importantly improve employability for the under 24, a recognition of this fact and a bold, new course of action would have been very welcome. Yet there was no real action on tackling the current job crisis or addressing employability skills.
Youth unemployment has always been an issue, but now in these times of recession it has risen to stratospheric levels, with almost 1 million 16-24 year olds unemployed in the UK. This is not an issue we can take lightly. It is no secret that good education, housing and a decent job, have a bearing on how long and how well we live. The effects have recently been delved into with new research by Public Health England Longer Lives website. The research shows that inadequate education and long term unemployment increase the chances of social exclusion, bad health, mental health issues, relationship breakdown, it affects self-esteem and future employability, leading to crime and long term poverty, and the list goes on.