Solving youth unemployment is the responsibility of the whole society

Volunteer Journalist Chang

According to the BBC news report, unemployment in the UK soared over the last three months and young people without jobs climbed above 1 million.

“Levels of youth unemployment have reached a crisis point.” This message is spread by politicians, media and communities again and again these days. The Eurozone debt crisis threatens the UK economy and the flat economic growth causes the panic of youth unemployment.

I went to the Southwark Jobcenter plus to find out how all of this impacts on ordinary lives. Young people were queuing for job consultancy. Many of them looked to be in their early twenties. A member of staff told me that the majority of these young people had dropped out of school or college and did not receive higher education. So lacking of higher education or practical skills is likely to be one of key factors in youth high unemployment rate.

I have to say that it is not young people’s fault. Indeed, it is impossible for all young people to enter into university. We could excuse that limited education sources, grades or personal interest may reduce youth’s opportunities for receiving further education, but we have no excuse that the whole society ignores these people’s working right. Therefore, we should make an effort to provide further professional courses for them in another ways.

Recently, there was good news from NBC that some mentoring programmes contributed to helping youth improve their practical skills in US. They helped young people make connections between school and real world. And as a result, these programmes made a difference to reducing local jobless rate.

So on the one hand, our community should provide similar programmes as many as possible to help jobless young people strength their working capabilities. On the other hand, young people should take active action or be encouraged to participate in training workshops to make their dream jobs come true.  

By Chang

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  1. I think the reason that many young people are left unemployed is because too many people are going to University! The expectation is that everyone should be having further education, even if they’re not academic and didn’t like school. This means that employers just expect graduate employees and anyone without a degree is cast aside. It does genuinely worry even secondary school students that we will be unemployed in our twenties!

  2. Graduates have problems finding work also. Internships appear to be one of the few ways into paid employment. This means giving three months to a year (on average) of one’s time, effort, talents and enthusiasm to further the profits and growth of many large organisations. Often at the end there is no job offer, and another intern is taken on. Although experience is gained to put on a CV the organisations involved in these schemes are getting work done for free. Young people are being exploited in many of these cases.

  3. Uganda for example, has failed to change its education curriculum so that the learners can also be equipped with technical skills which can enable them to start jobs of their own other seeking white collar jobs are not readily available


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