99% Campaign Statement: Youth Unemployment – Failing Today’s Youth (Update)

99% Campaign Statement: Youth Unemployment – Failing Today’s Youth (Update)

Youth unemployment continues to be a real problem for the young people of Britain. Whilst unemployment figures, in general, are falling – down to 2.02m in the latest statistics released – young people continue to make up a significant proportion of people without work. 16.9% of young people are currently out of work, in comparison the nationwide average of 6.4%. Without being rectified, this situation will lead to the creation of a vast swathe of people left without prospects and without any path to follow. Creating this kind of hole for young people to fall into, or at least failing to show them a way out, will only lead to further, less manageable problems. The 99% Campaign have written a policy statement which we think offers a route towards solving the issue of youth unemployment, not just in the short-term but for the foreseeable future. Too often when it comes to trying to resolve a problem we look for an immediate fix rather than looking further down the line and showing some patience in our response. In our opinion, what is needed is an approach which looks at the immediate issue and tries to help those in need, but also looks at what will continue to happen if certain things are not changed within the system, and the problems that will continue to occur. Our statement offers three recommendations which are listed below. These recommendations came about through discussions with 99% Campaign volunteers, forums with secondary school students in London, and surveys with a variety of young people – ranging from school students to university graduates. The information we...