‘Lost generation’ lack education and jobs

Britain
has a ‘lost generation’ of more than one million young people without jobs or
proper education and training, according to the Shadow Work and Pensions
Secretary, David Willetts.

The
shadow cabinet member said new figures revealed that one in six young people
between the ages of 16 and 24 ‘have been consigned to the scrap heap’, and are
not involved in work, school or job-training schemes.

Willetts
said the Government needed to reform vocational training and instigate a much
more flexible approach to getting young people into work.

"The
recent debate on top-up fees has distracted our attention from the crisis
facing Britain’s young people," he said. "The figures are staggering:
that is one sixth of Britain’s 6.5 million young people."

By Michael Millar

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