Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #theDYA

I am sitting with Adam Shaw ( @adamshawbiz ) in Adam Street and we are discussing ideas for a TV programme

I think there would be a lot of interest if we all debated the reason we are seeing such a high level of disconnected unemployed Youths

Can you give me your thoughts on why you think we now have 1.1million unemployed youths please


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John Paul

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #theDYA

I personally believe young adults (who aren't already doing so) would benefit from taking responsibility for their own lives and actions, or at least pointing themselves in that direction - seeking out opportunities wherever they are, rather than wholly attributing blame to external circumstances. Without that desire, opportunities will either be missed or not offered - since the implication of the attitude is that they are not welcome. Be prepared to invest something of yourself. I grew up, as a teen, in northern England in the early 80s. Things were as difficult then, as they are now and statistics were similar but things did change over the following few decades and they will undoubtedly change again over the next few decades - recessions are historically cyclical.

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BRIAN MULLIS

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #theDYA

And welcome to the Law of Attraction. At last!

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Robert Oosthout

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #theDYA

Because we talk and think about it too much! In his book The Law Of Success In Sixteen Lessons in Chapter 4, The habit Of Saving, page 9 Napoleon Hill writes about the distinction Like attracts like. He says if we are in business and have formed a habit of talking and thinking about business being bad at a certain point business will be bad. Than he comes up with a story about a very successful banker in the state of Illinois who had a sign hanging in his office stating:"We think and talk only of abundance here, if you have a tale of woe, please keep it, as we do not want it". And he goes on: "No business wants the service of a pessimist and those who understand the law of habit and the law of attraction will no more tolerate the pessimist then they would tolerate a burglar to roam around their place of business". My plea is, let's do that and see what it will bring us and be no space for something else.

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Michael Hargreaves

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #theDYA

Hi Penny Have you seen this article on inc: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201203/leigh-buchanan/howard-tullman-always-on.html - The Most Accomplished, Best-Connected Entrepreneur You've Never Heard Of - it's about Howard Tullman and Flashpoint Academy. Regards, Michael

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Michael Hargreaves

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #theDYA

Are apprenticeships the answer as suggested in this Computer Weekly UK article: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240118202/Interview-John-Harris-Corporate-IT-Forum-chairman-on-skills-develiopment

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Johann Taljaard

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Point by Michael Hargreaves is on the money. We ought to focus on the now and actionable policy which YP can become engaged in - similarly, we need to teach entrepreneurship and how to start and run businesses so that YP can develop hope and aspiration. Hope this thread runs and runs and reach the right 'decision' makers - we need empowerment and the funding to take action, not cut off YP Organisations at the knees before they've learnt to run. Best

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Michael Hargreaves

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

The problem is not only mass unemployment of youth today but as a generation that is insufficiently skilled to compete globally for much of their working lives. Sadly, low levels of education, and associated low income, is intergenerational - and generally passed on. The "percentage" of UK youth enrolled in higher secondary and post-secondary schooling is well below its trading partners, other developed countries, and developing countries such as China - which is tipped to surpass the US in the not-to-distant future for having the world's largest number of post-secondary students. Contrary to the argument that today's youth are not being trained in trades - which are migrating from the west to the east - the statistics support an argument that today's youth are not sufficiently educated in industries which western countries can be competitive and which, particualrly in the sciences, there is a shortage.

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John L. Evans

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Why we have mass youth unemployment? #EAv (e)LOCRIS

This thread has been running for a month and lots of people have expressed views ranging from, 'they've never had it so good', 'it wasn't like that in our day', it's all the fault of the lefties, the Torries, the whimps, the fascists.... etc.... Well, I think I may have identified another factor, across the pond amongst our pilgrim cousins... Please, take a minute to read this....http://ifyoupeeoffthatcounteronemoretime.blogspot.com/2012/02/post-on-lake-charles-craigslist.html I'm sure you'll see I'm right. Cheers John #EAv #LOCRIS #LION™ @LOCRIS (e)LOCRIS http://tinyurl.com/locris-shares

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Dear Penny, The world needs 600 million new jobs to generate sustainable growth and maintain social cohesion according to Geneva based International Labour Organization. The annual Global Employment Trends reports provide the latest global and regional estimates of employment and unemployment, employment by sector, vulnerable employment, labour productivity and working poverty, while also analysing country-level issues and trends in the labour market. Based on the most recently available data and taking into account macroeconomic trends and forecasts, the GET reports seek to shed light on current labour market trends and challenges. The reports build on the Key Indicators of the Labour Market and include a consistent set of tables with regional and global estimates of labour market indicators. Each report contains a short-term labour market outlook, focusing on unemployment, vulnerable employment and working poverty. The Global Employment Trends 2012 takes stock of labour market developments and emerging challenges as the world continues to struggle to forge a sustainable recovery from the global economic and jobs crisis. Thanks for your great commitment in this matter! Have a wonderful and happy new week! Best, Lucas

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Robert Oosthout

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Daniel, I already gave the answer. Show people that at the top, the optimum point of the graphic, we have enough to have all our desires covered and the rest is overconsumption, In other words, show people that we have a choice to go on consuming untill we die or share our excess, that we don't need anyway, resources with others. Think about the gratitude you generate in others by doing so and the wealth you experience by supporting other people to live a decent life as well. And by the way we don't define what a decent life is, they do The fact is that if people feel they are supported by others, they are willing to support others as well. This way the wealth spreads around the world. Ask Thomas and Penny about their experiences in Bali with Roger Hamilton's XL Results Foundation and the great work they are doing there. There is a lot to be grateful for in this world and it is better to focus on what works instead of what doesn't, because what we focus on expends! We all know that there is a lot that is not working and there will always be and I choose to focus on what works. Robert Oosthout.

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Robert Oosthout

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

One more observation without any assessment. Just what is so. Since the industrial age we are trained to think about employment as having a job outside your homes, earning money for a living and we have been trained to be consumers instead of citizens. This created context actually is the problem. Did you know that before the industrial age we used to work three hours a day. In this age where sustainability is an important driver of conversations, we can explore what it means to be able to support ourselves and our families and not needing to work for a living. That is work for money. Money is that we are willing to change for our life energy. It actually is our life energy. If you look at it that way, we all will start to optimize our financial and fiscal position. And that is not in the interest of government, or the existing 2 or 3% super rich in the world. So they will do everything to keep it the way it is and they already are doing this for centuries so they have the mechanisms in place to do so. Add the demographical developments in our countries to it and you can see why government and the big industries want us to be and stay consumers. If we would be able to grow our own food and we are, disconnect from the grid and produce our own electricity, which we already can, build our own homes financed by ourselves or via Facebook, that is peers, the whole system would break down. No banks and insurance companies needed, no farmers, no food industry, no power plants or electricity or oil companies. This is a horrific scenario for our governments. If we pose ourselve the question all the time:"Do I really need this?", a lot of stuff we now produce will be gone. We define wealth as having more and more all the time and having new experiences all the time. Actually after having reached the state of optimum consumption this is overconsumption. We can also decide after having reached the optimum level to share our resources with others, thus creating wealth for everyone and I am not saying we should give it away.

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Robert Oosthout

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Penny, A straight question. Could it be that your commitment for the (English) youth is driven by the fact that you have children of your own and that you are afraid that this could happen to them as well? And there is nothing good or bad about that. As I wrote earlier, I can feel your commitment. To acknowlegde this could be the opening to something else. I acknowledge you and Thomas for whom you are being. Knowing you and Thomas, I am sure you will always be there for them and at the same time the two of you have given them so much tools to be successful and they already are in their own way. At a certain point in live they have to do it on their own and I know and they know you will always love them unconditionally. That is all that counts. Robert Oosthout.

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Robert Oosthout

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Daniel, Since we are powerful creators, we are can decide to go on creating. As a result we won't listen to those that try to steal our dreams. This is what it is to be focused. Robert Oosthout.

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Robert Oosthout

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Penny, Our education system is monopolized by the state. And the only thing education in schools is doing is dumming us down to a level where we don't ask questions anymore. This is the way the government and the super rich of this world, who control our governments, control the masses and have done so for centuries. The question is do you want to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution? Young people want to create a life of their own and they run against all kind of barriers and get frustrated because we don't listen to what they want and what they are up to in life. We are training them for jobs that by the time they come from school don't exist anymore. Apart from internet giving us a lot of new opportunities internet also is a problem, because the world is changing so rapidly that we don't even see it coming. It is like what Robert Buckminster Fuller said. it is as if we are run over by a train and we did not even see it coming, because since internet a lot of the economic activity is not out in the world anymore and we can't see it and therefore can't control it. I wonder if the question should be:"Why do we think we have mass youthunemployment?", because that is coming from a focus on lack or something wrong, and since life is empty and meaningless, there is no such thing as good or bad, only what is so and I can feel your commitment. I think the question should be: What kind of world do we want to create with eachother? And let our youth take part in this conversation, because if we want to know what the world will look like within 20 or 50 years we should listen to them. They see things we don't. The only thing we need to do is creating an inspiring vision for our lives and the world. This means we have to complete the past and put it where it belongs, in the past. Then a new space is opening up in which we can create coming from nothing. Albert Einstein said it already, we are here where we are now with the mindset we have and it brings us new challenges we can't solve with the mindset we created them with in the first place. I know a worldwide present education company that does this all the time. I have trained there for more then 10 years. They are called LEC or Landmark Education Corporation. They have a center in London. So if you want to give your children an empowering context see if this is something for you and them and go training there, or you could become a part of the Global Information Network established by Kevin Trudeau. This Network is a network where we train people to be successful and rich in every sense of the word and experience. Last January I was on a cruise with them and from the 2500 guests there were over 250 millionaires, multi millionaires and even billionaires. Do you think that if you are constantly in such a rich conversation nothing will happen? This is an empowering context. Do you know that successful people use on average 560,000 more positive words then other people. That working class people use 100,000 more negative words then others and that people on welfare use even 125,000 more negative words then others. So it is all in the words we use. So control your verbal atmosphere. Life is about being happy now, all the time, and enjoying it. This way you give others permission to do the same. .

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Imran Ahmed

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Hi fellow ecademists Sorry for the late reply been burning the midnight oil, preparing the finishing touches to Businesschums.co.uk. In relation to the question. There are many academic and statistical reasons regarding youth unemployment. Having been tapping into our youngsters and getting real life perspectives from the youth (as part of our vision to represent the youth through Businesschums. I have learnt much and continuing to get a better perspective of what is going wrong with our youth. I feel the root cause is family social breakdown, a impotent educational system, lack of understanding, no positive guidance, the mass media, labeling, and no trust. Its very clear as mentioned in my profile statement my strong belief is we are setting up our youth to fail. Its a unfortunate symptom that many youngsters especially those coming from deprived area's have troubled and complex family dynamics. This can range from single parent families, abusive households where physical and sexual abuse is witnessed or sadly experienced , addiction to drugs, alcohol, betting and petty crime being the norm. GUESS WHAT, this is before the youngster has even started their educational career. The Businesschums team has spoken and interviewed 200 young teenagers living in three housing estates (or as i call them the concrete jungle) in Dalston Hackney London. 147 of them said before they started primary school they had seen or experienced one or more of the following on a regular basis Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Drug Use Excessive Alcohol consumption Criminal activity Adults engaging in Sexual contact The remaining 53 said they had experienced being told by their guardians how worthless they are, how they will amount to nothing, either resort to crime or start applying for benefits. Once they have started school they educational system is just geared towards not leaning or questioning just regurgitating information and writing it down on a exam paper. The vocational option is boxed and labelled into pre set courses. Have you ever seen any vocational course that allows you to channel a business idea and develop and nurture a entrepreneurial mind set. What needs to be done is a major overhaul of our educational system at the same time we have to address our family breakdown social issues that are decaying the youth primarily in the deprived and inner cities. www.Businesschums.co.uk

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Milton Rodrigues

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Mass youth unemployment? No.1 Priority ???

When we've understood " Why " ... Root Causes & Problems, do you think the Solutions, potential or those that exist now, e.g. Apprenticeships will start to action & execute more ? Seems like Youth Unemployment is the biggest problem affecting / inflicting the UK ??? Seems to me that many Govts try to " massage " the Unemployment figures by shunting many of the 18 year olds into Higher Education, College or Universities, avoiding even more disastrous figures. Now, we have a depressing view even emerging from our most promising youngsters in Universities about their own prospects at the end of their Degrees. And those who are not the best are staring at the Debt Mountain that has been forced onto them from this year ( often called LOANS ! ) We need to offer these Kids, Hope !!! This Lost Generation, unless it sees the light at the end of the Tunnel, is going to be ... a HUGE PROBLEM for all of us, Govt, Tax-Payers, Communities, Parents, the Kids themselves, unless more & more Resources are channelled into this vital area by the UK Govt. The Riots of 2011, were perhaps a warning sign ? As were the unlawful behavior during the Protests. Both had the common denominator of the age Groups involved ( majority ). Great Debate & Blog, Penny ! And so relevant to the future of this Country, I am positive ... kind regards, MILT.

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BRIAN MULLIS

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

In my humble opinion, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer nailed it in 1945: You've got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative And latch on to the affirmative Don't mess with Mister In-Between You've got to spread joy up to the maximum Bring gloom down to the minimum Have faith or pandemonium's Liable to walk upon the scene Brian Mullis: www.integrityltd.com

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George Cossey

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

This is avery cynical viewpoint, not because I run my own business, but in my past I have perviously been a shop steward. I don't believe in party politics and I don't believe in the them and us attitude.. Current circum,stance are not dictatede by a politiocal party but were created by years of artificially created bubbles with no substance which have now come back to haunt us.

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Derek Sorensen

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

Under Thatcher, the declared aim - eventually over-achieved - was to have five million unemployed. A workforce who didn't know if they would be out of a job tomorrow was a subservient workforce. It's not really any different today.

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Tim Constable

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

There are comments on here saying Capitalism has failed. There are comments saying Socialism/Communism has failed. There are comments saying Liberalism has failed. There are comments about greedy bureaucrats, failed education, bankers and the nanny state. Comments about not enough encouragement or too much of the wrong sort! Yet despite my previous message about this being a deeper spiritual malaise, not one response, either of agreement or disagreement! When I say the Bible makes more sense, it about the very issues of how we run our lives - personally, communally and nationally. So we have become a nation of self-centred individuals. Families fail because of it. Communities are ineffective because of it. So the nation falls. The Bible makes it quite clear that we are our own worse enemy, and that there are spiritual enemies that want us destroyed ("Satan comes but to kill, steal and destroy"). There is a God who loves us and wants us to succeed; but on His terms (only He can see the bigger picture), and only if we know Him enough to allow Him to shape our lives, communities and nations. But we ignore and ridicule Him and His Word. Plaster the Ten Commandments all over the place, it will do no good if we don't have the inner, personal spiritual desire to see them work - hundreds of years of Israel's history in the Old Testament testify to this. Which is why He came directly and personally as Jesus to restore this possibility. In general those who distain and belittle The Bible are ignorant of it. There are comments about how a hundred years ago this nation was once great - a time when Christian culture and values pervaded every fabric of society. It is no coincidence that the failure of our families, communities and nation run parrallel to rejection of the Bible in our state, educational and media institutions. Daniel Marshall (above) makes statements which are entirely biblical - I wonder if you realise this Daniel? Restoring a STRONG Christianity is the only way to revese the effects of these ills. There are precious few trying to do this (when did you last watch Revelation TV, a British Christian TV station?). Do you hear their message? I remain pessimistic about our future.

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George Cossey

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

I would love to ridicule you, but the fact is that much of what you say is true. It is largely a generalisation, and there are pockets in parts of the system where your statements are not true. I am a parent and a grandparent. My two children have made their own ways in life with some measure of success. My granddaughter is probably the exception that makes the rule, so far in her education she has excelled ( never less than second in her year) and competes at national level in her chosen sport of trampolining. This would indicate that you could be premature in writing off the UK, provided thaqt there are enough youngster like her. I must admit that the educational system which no longer encourages competetive sport is a joke, children need to learn that their are always going to be winners and losers. The trick is to keep on improving until you become a winner! The main problems in this country are not caused by the general population but by our nanny state and this isn't new! They encourage "don't take risks and then you can't fail" however I would say that the current government in the USA is no better. This could be a case of history repeating itself, remember that the UK was the worlds largest power in Victorian times, a place currently held by the USA but for how long?

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Daniel Marshall

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? #DYA

This is from the perspective of an"outsider" having lived in the UK since the year 2002. #1 Its the Economy! You have a shrinking economy! Consider the UK as the Titanic or the horse at Doncaster who cannot win! In 2002 the UK was barely holding onto the world's 5th largest economy. As of 2011, you are now number 7. You are rapidly accelerating to 9th place and will achieve that position. From there you will continue to fall further back. Why? Because you put your faith and resources into a government that serves only itself! Congratulations! You have killed the goose who lays the golden eggs - Private Enterprise. #2 "Broken Britain" has done an excellent job at destroying its very foundation- "the family." Your drink and divorce culture have given the youth a clear message of irresponsibility, non-commitment, selfishness and disconnection. Again, congratulations! You sowed the left wing 1960's mentality and now you are reaping its fruits. Perhaps another culture can put Britain back together again. Whether the efforts come from within or from outside it will take generations to repair the damage. #3 Your "nanny state" has this obsession with safety and control. Masculine attributes of risk taking, controlled aggression, assertiveness, independence, individualism, liberty, responsibility, discipline, commitment and selflessness are belittled, especially by your social services. Congratulations, you have an effeminate island! Having to send your children into the military for them to gain the above qualities should be sending you a very strong message. #4 I have worked with your education system. You excel at having fun but, when its time to give out homework the parents are the first to complain! So we send another message to the youth: "its all about having fun." North America uses the UK as an example of "education gone a muck." Especially of your ill treatment of boys. Notice you have a serious lack of male role models (teachers) within your schools. #5 This attitude of "knowing your place" still exists! When I talk of having my child prepared to compete for a place in Harvard, Yale, Columbia, MIT I receive ridicule and "rolling eyes." How are your youth to advance if parents/teachers shackle their minds? Correct the above problems and bring back on-the-job training programs and apprentice programs. There are several other points that I could make such as corrupt bureaucrats bleeding your country dry, greedy unions and selfish employers but, enough said. If I have offended anyone then you have my apologies in advance. I wouldn't be so straight forward if I didn't care.

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Penny Power

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

This Blog has now reached 212 comments and I have written a further Blog to highlight How are Youths feel. I have also written a Blog called 42 views on Youth Unemployment from Small Businesses to summarise your amazing content here, thank you

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Robert Hill

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

There are loads of comments which are all basically true but I don't think "youths" have changed over the years, my Son is now a respectable senior manager but his youth was much the same as mine, when motivated worked hard but most of the time - lazy. The 5 yr apprenticeship that I went through, paid for largely by the government, in an engineering company (now deceased) one year in a training centre and the rest of the time on the shop floor working among highly skilled craftsman but started with doing mundane jobs and gave a sound grounding to becoming skilled workers. The culture and incentives for employers for training has disappeared along with most of our manufacturing, a vicious downward spiral. These days a Government training scheme for example for an electrician consists of pinning components to a sheet of plywood and wiring them up and then expecting the trainee to know how to wire up a house. Employers if they wish, from football clubs to the NHS can import a skilled and qualified work force without the expense of training, leading to even fewer local training posts available. What did Blair say years ago, education, education, education.

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Rich Wootten

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

In my role as a Special Constable I come across young people all the time. Many are nice, working youngesters making their way in life. Many are not. Those who slip through the net at school and do not have supportive parents are often left at the age of 16-18 with few if any qualification, and less ambition. The reason that many of these remane unemployed is that the jobs that used to be there for them, the unskilled, or semi-skilled jobs just don't exist anymore, society and the workplace has moved on quicker than they can catch up. Then some turn to crime, and that's when I have dealings with them. I appreciate I'm slightly jaded on this as I only deal with those who get into trouble. I accept that my view point may have become compromised. My views are all my own and do not represent the Police or my company. Rich

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Alan Bowman

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@Penny and Lucas

Hi Penny Sadly we lost a generation of kids to the PC brigade actions, getting rid of sports and competition and the importance of the 3 R's being lost, now I sound like an old fuddy duddy. We lost respect for others, of course it had to be earned by those expecting it, and many in positions of power and influence forgot they had to earn it by their actions. We need to teach people that not all life is the dross of East Enders, Coronation Street and the tabloid press and it is possible to find people to emulate and eddify and build aspirations and help those who are capable to get on. Also we need to find a new way of creating the future that is not held back by the vested interests of big oil or the nuclear lobby. Thus my thanks to thanks Lucas for his very informative piece and for sure the future is in Eco Build businesses for residential and commercial properties, renewable energy in all its forms and in waste and recycling management. If the UK were to adopt this it would create tens of thousands of new jobs in the future that would help give youngsters a belief that the past generations who have nearly messed the Planet beyond recall actually care for the future generations, now that is an aspiration worth supporting.

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Dear Penny, Commercial use of nuclear energy creates mass unemployment through an income inequality: too big to ignore! Commercial use of nuclear power isn't a 99% to 1% income inequality game! It's far worse! It's a 99.9999% (at least one million nuclear electricity comsumers) to 0.0001% (one single nuclear power plant) game that will bankrupt each and every country! Look here what financial disaster the nuclear renaissance, that started in 2001, has caused to the world so far! If commercial use of nuclear power will bankrupt each and every country, there is only one known country, that was already bankrupt when it started commercial use of nuclear power, North Korea! In Nuclear Corruption: The Very Long-Term Costs of Nukes Don Darling, retired Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, estimates the long-term costs of ONLY ONE US NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, South Texas Project at US$224,073,212,000.00. (US$224 trillion) That over 15 times the actual US government debt for one single US power plant! Phase out nuclear power on a global scale and do it now, today, immediately, irrevocably and you create millions of new jobs! Have a great and happy new week! Best, Lucas

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Dear Penny, Learn from the Germans! Thanks to their nuclear phase out decided ten years ago the Germans have created two millions of new jobs! Commercial use of nuclear power will bankrupt each and every country, it's only a question of time! Shut down the weapons of mass-JOB-destruction now! "As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs - but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment." - President Barack Obama The most efficient way to create jobs is described by President Barack Obama here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy If you want to stop mass youth unemployment, shut down your nuclear power plants! That's the first and most efficient of all possible priorities! Learn from the best, the Germans, who do exactly this for several years already! Have fun and take care! Best Lucas

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Simon West

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

It's all been said above. There are many reasons for there being massive youth unemployment. These include: Lack of jobs bad economic situation poor education system expectations of youths expectations of employers retirement age Government! ... and many others covered above. What is in danger of being missed here is that each young person that makes up the 1.1m will have a different set of reasons why they are unemployed and therefore the resolution of this issue must address each person individually, and not treat them as a group with a common set of problems. And this is the problem... Each person needs a different "intervention", which is far harder than one solution for 1.1m people.

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Demos Flouri

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Penny - From Charlotte

Hi Penny, I mentioned your blog to Charlotte and her 2 cents are: Less job security so more and more people are staying in their current roles not freeing up extra space for more employment. The retirement age increasing so more people staying in their jobs longer. That is from Charlotte.... Demos

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Sam Borrett

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Penny, such a great blog with deep ramifications. Whether it is UK, Australia or anywhere and not knowing enough about economy ( a lot though about human potential ) I'd have to agree with Michael Heeney generally speaking and that is- Our mistaken belief that only the city slickers can generate millions has led us to be entirely money focussed as a country. I feel although this is simplistic it is perhaps the core of the issue. Each child is not being encouraged to be who they really are. Also "success" as a concept has been poisoned in its interpretation. if someone at a certain age had a chance to become a concert pianist and becomes a lawyer, then only if he is lucky he will finally understand that "creativity" is more important than money and that "creativity" will not necessarily reap great financial rewards. Forget about "do what what you love and the money will follow." YES IT WILL FOLLOW, BUT NOT ALWAYS IN BUCKET LOADS. Samx

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Jo Berry

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I think it is too easy to blame our young people. Young people can easily be demonised but I think that perpetuates the problem. We are all responsible for the present situation. Young people in my experience of speaking in schools and Universities are amazing in their capacity to feel, reflect and to care about their world.I often hear some of their deepest fears and dreams, their challenges and successes. I always leave schools feeling privileged, very touched and thinking how well they are doing. Recently I have got involved with Embercome a community in Devon and they have a programme called Catalyst in which young people are assisted to become authentic leaders and change agents - able to engage with the challenges of our world in their own unique way while living purposeful, sustainable and fulfilling lives. When young people are empowered and can feel good about themselves, they can fulfill their potential and become the authentic leader that is in everyone of them. How can we empower and inspire all our young people? By more projects that think out of the box, like the work Penny is doing, like Catalyst, like Gazelle and I know there are other programmes in Warrington, Leeds and Belfast, sure there are more. Maybe we could collate all the learning and successes from those working to empower young people and link them up and pass on the knowledge so that the language and means is then available to all. Maybe a conference, with presentations from those working with young people, where the young people have a voice, resources so teachers, parents and professionals can learn. We need something radical and revolutionary so that young people change the label they have now of being unemployable, feeling they are failures to becoming positive change agents, authentic leaders, feeling worthwhile and fulfilled!

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Mike Morrison

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congratulations Penny

Congratulations Penny - a great thread - and wonderful responses. I hope the responses you got "in time" helped your discussion and these are valuable beyond that meeting. Now this is real use of the blogging pages here - and real community spirit and support & engagement. Now if we had fewer blog posts - but more discussion & support like this.... well it is still jan in 2012 - I can dream cant I....

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Stuart Chalmers

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Well, I have read much of this blog now and it seems to me that history is repeating itself. There are some differences but most of the arguments are broadly the same as those that have gone before whether it was 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago. I suggest that "youth" today is no better or worse than the youth of yesterday (I'm sure somebody will come up with some statistic that will show that I am wrong and things have changed by 5% or some other figure that has been shoe horned into place by the government or some such organisation for whatever purpose they had at the time). One thing does seem rather clear to me is that we are trying to find a way to patch up a broken system. Perhaps the only difference between today and yesterday is that it seems even more broken now. Personally I feel there is much less generation gap than there used to be. To me it seems that "youth" have much more in common with people older than them than my peer groups did with their parents. This seems like a good thing. The complaints about "youth" being lazy or expecting too much or the converse of being willing to work and enterprising are the same things that have been said about them in times gone by and were the same things levelled at my youthful generation. Same old, same old I guess. One particular point I thought worth picking up on is that we cannot all be entrepreneurs at the head of business. If this were to be then who will do the work to make anything, administrate, to empty the bins and all the other tasks that keep things running. All the different types of work are needed for a society and economy to function. How we value people and what they do is important. How we distribute is important. You might ask why an administrator working very hard for 12 hours a day is worth so much less than an executive manager working hard for 12 hours if they are putting in more or less the same physical and mental effort. You might say that a nurse is worth more than the CEO of an SME that makes cigarettes or arms that they sell to an errant country but guess who gets paid more. I am not advocating communism but the current gap between what people get does not necessarily make much sense if one cannot do what needs to be done without the help of others with different roles. A top banker is nothing without the people working "with" him or her. Please note the "with" as opposed to the "for". Money and materialism gets a lot of the blame. Money is a token of exchange and however we do it we need some form of money so I would say money is a good system in itself but like we often do we have incompetently and corruptly used it in a bad way for the wrong reasons. If it was just down to money then there is enough of that to solve the vast majority things that need solving it's just either wasted or sitting in the wrong places. Materialism is certainly a symptom. Our unemployed and in some places, our de-motivated youth for many years have been one symptom amongst many of a not very good system. A not very good system is a product of a not very good society. That is not to say that a lot of people in society are not good, there are some real gems but the bad often outweighs the good. Unfortunately people do need to be controlled and regulated as not all have good intent, I wish it were not so. So how are we going to clean up the house if people keep dropping rubbish in it all over the place? We are not going to make one thing better until we make everything else better even if it is a few things at a time. I do think that our socialist / capitalist system is proving particularly inept at this time and maybe some sort of alternative needs to be worked towards. I think it's great that so, so many people are questioning where we are at this time and debating it. If you think any of my points are wrong please challenge them. Regards Stuart

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Adrian Traher

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The Owner of Carpet Right put it in a Nutshell. He said he was happy to employ all 4,000 of the unemployed in his area on the understanding that he could sack them when HE wanted without becoming a hostage to unfair dismisal claims, tripped over a straw on the factory floor claim, and other spurious management time eroding nonsense. Adrian Traher

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Charles Stuart

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I find that there is a section of the young (=

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Dewi Nawasari

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We have mass youth unemployment because there isn't much encouragement from the system. I have several acquaintance who are content with minimum job requirements and minimum pay because they are just not motivated. We also have many kids that seem very un-educated, hence the racism around and the riots. Here's what I think we need to do: 1. We need to follow the system of Scandinavian countries where education is compulsory and available for free. 2. The system should not be spending money to support living expense for young people who are jobless (under 60), but to spend on education and vocational school which would give these youngsters skills to earn their own living expenses. 3. Follow Canada with how they treat their over 60. They contributed to the country long enough that you should appreciate them more by providing them more than what provide them right now... 4. Build bigger youth centre for youngsters to exercise and socialise rather than letting them roam on the street smoking and crowding public areas. 5. Follow Singapore on their strict system of making sure regulations are followed. 6. The same with transport system, the system lost money every day for every economic movement that is delayed because of train problems. 7. The same with citizenship. Singapore build its economy by carefully selecting the type of immigrants it lets in to the country that these immigrants need to be educated. Hence why it is the savest country in the world. Our system is a chaos, rules and regulations keeps changing. Recent change that erase chances for foreign students to do post study work will also harbor the economy of this country because it is eliminating educated people.

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Richard Derham

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The Government's focus seem to be on getting a University Education or you are useless. I think there should be more emphasis on subjects that will support a vocational career. Not just the practical trades but things like bookkeeping, sales, marketing, people management, customer service etc. The future is not about corporate careers its going to be more about working for yourself and understanding business so why not prepare the next generation with the right skills that will facilitate getting the right workplace experience. One TV idea might be to help people with vocational jobs to produce day in in the life of videos so that people can get a better idea about what working in a particular field involves.

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Neville Daniels

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Let's see, where do I start... In-moral, In-disciplined (apparently qualified teachers) who can not construct intelligible sentences, short coding SMS and E-mail expecting translation software to understand gibberish. Let alone do basic arithmetic without calculators. Most wearing clothes that would get them fired for indecency in any decent business or country. School children being allowed to wear trash and look worse. By both parents and teachers. No wonder children are leaving school unable to give the right change, or count much beyond ONE. Two from Five rarely gives you Three - these days. :-( Where did "Watch-it Back" come from? Not the VCR... And as for how and where jewelry gets worn in-appropriately Would you want to employ someone that makes you feel sick, or over dressed (in-your Pyjama's)? That said there are plenty - well spoken, well presented (even in cheap clothing) and able to think for themselves. Look for serious Scouts, Cadets etc with proficiency certificates, merits and Duke of Edinburgh awards. With or with-out qualifications in First-Aid and Fire-Fighting. :-) Church youth programs often have a activity progress report of some description (the same for Synagogues and Mosques). Those involved with Choir, Stage School, Theater , School Council, School Librarian etc, are usually good bets. Outside of these groups, the lack of self-esteem and Self-worth is well .... Neville

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Elizabeth Ward

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny, I refuse to believe all the negative press about youngsters. I see many keen hard working kids and as an employer I TRY and give them a chance. However, I also know as an employer that some of the more mature candidates I've seen have more experience and simply put, they are less of a risk to the business.. We're in lean times. We, as employers, want to take someone on who can hit the ground running. Youngsters rarely do this. That is NOT to say they don't contribute massively and in different ways. I wish I could take some of the young graduates and under graduates I've had in my business. It makes me sad that I don't have more work for them. I'd have them back in a flash! Liz

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Penny Power

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Wow, wow wow, I am staggered by the stats associated with this Blog (189 comments and over 8,300 views), this is an incredible indication of how the Ecademy Community cares deeply about this issue. We are employers and we are parents, I am sure we can also find solutions. I will write a Blog tomorrow that analyses these thoughts for now I just want to thank you all now for the amazing contribution, keep them coming!! Penny xx

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Christopher Sturman

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Penny - Just picked up your request - I have had a chance of review the range of the responses you have had to date, and add my comment in three specific areas: 1. Availability of employment. Jobs are still available, but we have lost the traditional vocational jobs previously available when UK had a strong manufacturing base. The consumer demand for low cost/price competitive/high quality products has meant that we have exported our manufacturing base to pother parts of the globe where labour costs are cheaper. This trend have been facilitated over the last 20 years by global supply chain capability driven by burgeoning information technology and communication system capability.However, there are signs that this may reverse as the Far Eastern economies start to become more inwardly focussed to their own consumer expectations, transportation costs and lead times increase as carbon fuels become more expensive and manufacturing capacity is repatriated. We currently rely on more variable jobs in financial services, high value research and development, the service and public sectors as a result, the volume of which relates far more closely to the level of consumption in the economy 2. The Educational system We appear to be reaping the whirlwind of post war educational policy, where the process of teaching in the state system changed from inputting knowledge in a disciplined way (The three Rs etc) to one of "educo" (Latin - To lead out), as one educational advisor put it a few years ago, to to provide a less formal, group related learning environment where 5 - 11 year old are encouraged to find their own way of learning at their own speed, but not to set, demand and implement targets and standards - In certain areas, I have heard it positively said that it is not seen as any part of the role of education to prepare young people for the World Of Work. This has not been help by a sea change in the attitude of parents over the last forty years in some sectors of the UK population to the support ( or lack) teachers in behavioural or discipline standards. This is one of the areas which differentiates the private educational sector and may well be why their output does better in life. 3. Employability At a recent educational and skills seminar, a representative of one of our largest trade associations was sad (Yes, sad is the right word) to say" If only young people had the ability to present themselves effectively - dress smartly, have a positive attitude, shake your hand, look you in the eye confidently and hold a conversation" at interview. Add to this to have motivation, to be able to answer the question " So why do you want to work for this business?" There are jobs about - in the supply chain and logistics sector there are jobs at all levels and more to follow when current employees retire over the next ten years,as some of them will be forced to do on health grounds - it is said for example that over 40,000 HGV drivers are over the age of 50, and these are people which keep the economy moving - the mismatch is about skills, training, motivation and capability. I hope this adds some perspective to your research

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Richard Essex

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I have two teenage children of my own and like many parents try and encourage them to experience as many positive opportunities as I can. There is however incredible peer pressure partly driven by a souless culture driven purely by meaningless fame and consumption. As a society we have to start taking responsibility to what sort of life we want our kids to grow up in. On a very practical level we have some incredible people out there. Youth workers, mentors, volunteers who run sports clubs, music clubs. As a society do we really supoort these people enough, e.g. do we pay them enough. Whilst school is important for many children their inspiration to learn and develop themselves often comes from one of these sources.

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Tim Constable

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I have seen over the last four decades - at personal, communal and national levels - a huge erosion of morality, responsibility and integrity. This has all but eliminated those traditional Christian values (referred to recently by David Cameron) that made this country great when Biblical foundations were integral to the British way of life. These values cannot be sustained - personally, communally or nationally - without a strong Christian faith. The last few decades has seen a barrage of secular/ atheist propoganda into which our political, educational and media communities have been immersed. The 'orthodox' church ministries and denominations have been very slow and weak to respond to this barrage, and the more radical pentecostal communities too small to be influential. This is part of a bigger picture that unemployment is only one symptom of. These symptoms will not be 'cured' unless the foundations are restored. Youth unemployment may be the current focus, but being in my mid-fifties, I have had 5 months work in the last 2 years, and no capital with which to build my own business. What is not generally recognised is that this secular/ materialist/ atheist worldview which has been enforced on us for decades by those using the combined weapons of a) catching the ears of the media, and b) (what on deeper analysis turns out to be a very shaky) pseudo-scientific justification, is as much a faith position as any more recognised religion. The re-establishment of Biblical values requires a broadness of vision and a humbleness of heart - personally, communally and nationally - but if it could be done, symptoms such as unemployment and many other social ills would rapidly decline. The only solution I see would be to finance a strong and radical programme of Christian evangelism, say, 6 billion GBP over the next two years, with the offer to anyone that if they don't want to be enlightened to the Word of God they can be financed to re-locate to another part of the world (don't be silly I'm not at all racist). It has taken a long time to bring this country down, it will take a long time to re-establish it. I'm fully aware of how unlikely such a programme would be to implement. I'm fully aware of how unpopular and un-PC such views are seen to be. But just because a belief or opinion is unfashionable doesn't mean it's wrong. This is a forum for expressing views, presumably in the hopes of identifying a cure. While a focus on youth unemployment is commendable, I'm convinced there is a much bigger picture involved here, and that the re-establishment of a strong and active Christian faith based on love and humility is the only cure - personally, communally and nationally - for this and many other problems. I'm not optimistic about our future.

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Andrew Munro

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

A lot of blame the kids views on here, but children are not born lazy, lacking motivation, or feckless. Don't blame the product, blame the system that produces it (including parents and society at large).

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Charles Ntumwa

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

1. Youth employment dependents on a strong economy, supported by a knowledgeable Government Economic Policy. 2. Both the economic downturn and the Labour Government Policy on education in the last three or four years, encouraging more young people to go to universities, these two factors have increased the number of unemployed youths - especially at the time Global economy was going into recession. 3. The Government Policy of concentrating on services, at the expense of manufacturing (Germany as example) has made a large number of manufacturing companies go under. 4. The lack of young people in science and engineering related jobs. 5. The lack of young people's interest in Trades such as Plumbers and Electrians etc. is one of the causes. 6. The lack of knowledge in future industries, such as Digital Social Media, caring of the elderly, and environmental jobs. 7. Global competition, is a growing fear, but also an opportunity for those who are good enough to compete.

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Alan Rae - Business Communicator

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I'm afraid I've only read about half the comments but 1) We've had a strike of capital in this country since the second world war. The people with money in the UK invest overseas - not in production in the UK. 2) The education system has been dumbed down by successive governments of both political parties who believe that process is more important than content and therefore students have been taught to game the system rather than how to think things through from first principles and enjoy the learning experience. 3) The jobs on offer are not attractive, don't lead to learning and progression and however hard they work they can't win in "official" employment. 4) Their heads are systematically filled with unrealistic ideas of what they "ought" to have by irresponsible advertising and media. Football, winning the X factor and drugs are the only way they're going to keep up with what they have been taught to think is desirable. 5) There are no rescue schemes for them. In the 80s and 90s the government ran schemes like the ITEC which trained unemployed 16 year olds in IT programming and maintenance. This was pretty effective - I built an entire IT maintenance department of 4 guys out of ITEC alumni. There's nothing like that now. 6) We have a political class that has no experience of the real world advised by policy makers who went straight from Oxbridge into the Civil service. They believe that ticking the boxes is more important than delivering real tangible knowledge. 7) People operating at or near the minimum wage zone have turbulent lives - there's always something going on that stops them just getting on with it. I don't think its the fault of the kids - yes they have bad attitudes - but so did I at that age. It's our fault for failing to maintain a framework that allows an orderly progression from learning into work. This is a failure of both socialism AND capitalism which has produced unrestricted useless tickboxing at one end and rampant structural corruption in favour of the "owners" at the other. I didn't intend this to become such a rant when I started this but like the Pringles ad says. Once you've started you can't stop. :(

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Peter Brodie

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Young people are subjected to increasing levels of rejection, humiliation and absence of being understood. They are often held to blame for situations which they have found themselves in or led into, and treated with profound disrespect. Many adults assume the right to upbraid young people without having pre-established any understanding with them, with the result that huge burdens of resentment and hate are carried by young and old alike. The generation gap is entirely artificial, fabricated from layers of misunderstanding, hate and resentment. The only way forward, which I am working on elaborating in PETER Parenting, is with love, acceptance and gratitude. My personal Facebook page and Twitter page carry a link to a lovely 6-minute YouTube video on gratitude, which I would urge people to look at. In fact, here it is! http://youtu.be/nj2ofrX7jAk Peter

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Jackie Mackay

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The business of employing people - younger or older is a bundle of paperwork, rules and employment taxes. The government wants some of their wages - as a tax and on top of that the employer pays the government a third as much again of their wages for the privilege of employing one of their men. It's an added overhead to keep the extra government paperwork on employers' own expenses and transactions. It would be easy enough to start a voluntary scheme where people who need help meet people who want to give help more on a mentor and apprentice basis. This way training and experience is gained by literally joining a family of folk in an organisation bent on an endeavour to thrive individually and as a whole. The new boys and girls start to earn their own way soon enough. Dating software would be easy to adapt to a site where people can meet for business - er maybe that's Ecademy? sounds as though Ecademy could set up a blog where people could give and find slots where money is worked out individually after a week of proving the pudding. This press squealing on government stats is superfluous to reality. All the treasury cares about is getting more paye and vat and tax and their slice of employees wages out of small groups of people doing their damndest to survive in a tsunami of new rules and regs and fines and fees and levies and permits and licences and enforcement and bailiffs without paperwork that has gone through judicial due process. (check it out - it's starkly true). What do we need the government for? The nanny of our private lives, issuing statutes without our say-so as to what our children are taught at our own expense in such utilitarian blocks of concrete as developers throw up for max profit. And what are they taught? Now they want to start infants of 5 on sex courses while both parents work to hold the mortgage together. They flaunt a poll (of 1000 parents) asked what age they think it should start (not IF it should start) to show the result that "most answered over 13". Cameron in an interview was bemoaning the children's lost childhood because they buy bras and wear lipstick. What on earth is that to do with the government just because they dish out all OUR money for facilities? And we pay them large wages and impressive pensions for this. I can understand why masses of youngsters are stepping back from all this and drinking and smoking and watching reality on the TV - hopefully preferable to their boring existances - while they check out the theories taught at school and start practicing. Who wants a dead end job? Someone said they were being 'picky' and I don't blame them. To use Ken Clarke's phrases "all things being equal" anyone would prefer to do what they like than to utterly exhaust themselves driving a bus. Ian Drury summed it all up not so long ago in his song 'What a waste". As for money - well that's a new blog coming up. I hope a Blackstar takes it up because they can get more participation - something like ... Honest money and the Rule of Law. If we want that - and believe me it would solve the employment problem in its wake - we have to ask for it and live it in our own lives in the meantime. What have the government done for us lately? Average a thousand new "laws" so called a year mostly to earn revenue for the treasury including the billions they make out of 'child support'. On the positive side Cameron had the wit and balls to diss the revolting Lisbon Treaty and gained many thousands of votes in the process. I don't buy all the righteous 'get a job whatever it is' and 'lazy freeloaders' and 'what we want is discipline' (another Ken Clarkeism). Someone mentioned 'motivation' in the education. Yeah right - try sitting in all day at your child's school. They provide motivation to get the hell out of there asap is all. It is the mothers and fathers that provide any inspiration to force their children to schools. As for rolling over in a cocoon of stats and bemoaning the gangster thieves - true enough - and in accepting it we condone and think we have no choices. We have choices every day and we still don't ask the right people the right questions in enough numbers. When we do things will change for the better. Need a manual? - write a decent civilised letter. IT'S TIME THEY KNEW "WE KNOW YOU KNOW" Jackie.

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Charles Rein

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

My six children have graduated College and are building their careers, but when they were in their teens and looking for jobs they refused to work at a McDonalds or other fast food.They felt the jobs were not cool. If you are an uneducated high school educated person not planning to go to college. Teens do not want to work hard for minimum wage. Thinking that they are better than hard work. And when big companies stop manufacturing in your area there go the higher paying jobs leaving the lower paying service jobs

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Stephen Hill

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

One reason that we are now experiencing mass youth unemployment is government's constant interfering with education.I do not understand why unqualified MP's are able to tweak and destroy our education system . This has been the case irrespective of what party has been in power, resulting in a large reduction in teacher morale, a syllabus which concentrates more on testing than education and the destruction of the individual to develop and perform to their best abilities.Higher education is currently being destroyed by huge reductions in funding and continued Government interference while no opportunies currently exist for education professionals or business leaders to participate and perfect the future of UK eduction to ensure it fullfills our Nation's on-going requirements. Bombing various countries might make good news bites but these funding cuts are more damaging to our economy than any vague terriorist threats.Common sense needs to be re-established or the education system will sink to the levels of US education and anyone showing flair and intiative will be crushed under an avalanche of inappropriate bureaucracy.

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Immo Huneke

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Like a correspondence above, I am immensely proud of my two kids, who have turned out to be high achievers despite parental ineptness. Ruth graduated from Aberystwyth in 2010 with a 2:1 in History and German. After a series of very unsatisfying part-time jobs, she has recently found permanent employment and is starting to build a satisfying career - but only by relocating to the Czech Republic! Nathan is in the fifth year of his Medicine course at Manchester, so I'm not too worried about him being on the dole next year. What gave these two the motivation, focus and self-belief to build a successful career? I think a lot has to do with their education. They were fortunate enough to attend two of the few remaining grammar schools in the country. These schools are marked by a completely different attitude to learning than in most schools and colleges I have visited. It is not "uncool" to do well; whether it's academically, in music, drama or sport, the kids support each other and celebrate their achievements. For the most part, they know that they've had to work hard to get into the school and they make the most of the great chance that they've been given.

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Alex Sanson

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Two possible contributors for me: 1 - I like economist Harry Dent's demographics angle on why we're in a winter now (precipitated by private and sovereign debt): baby boomer households no longer needing or wanting to buy anything (kids out of college, retirement...) therefore no demand for stuff. That would affect unemployment in general: no need to produce stuff. Therefore fewer jobs. 2 - Specifically to do with youth unemployment: a heap of youngsters (not all) brought up on instant gratification and virtual reality (pop culture, video games, credit cards, no accountability) that has not been counter-balanced by proper parenting and/or mentoring - are they really going to be "in the fight" for jobs? Do they even have the emotional fuel to have a crack at the world outside of their video games?

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Linda Ryder

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Traditional employer employee and one job providing all your income not possible so just looking for 'the job' not an option any more. Not enough inspiring and entrepreneurship emphasis for the young. Too many University courses for vocational careers better suited to apprenticeships which could lead to emplolyment. A 'you can have it all because you are worth it regardless of hard work or aptitude' mentality not preparing young people for the rigours of a working life. Lack of role models showing the benefits of hard work and job satisfaction as a desirable lifestyle choice.

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Adrian McKenna

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Our benefits system makes it too easy for people not to work. There are jobs and opportunities in the UK but not necessarily at the pay scale that our youths think they are worth. It is too easy to suggest it is down to poor education. Instead of handing out benefits give the money to SME's to employ and this will go some way to solving the problem

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Jo Berry

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I have been watching and supporting my middle daughter age 18 find a job. She dropped out of University after 4 weeks as it was the wrong course and is planning to go in October to study photo journalism. She has applied for 30+ jobs, had 2 interviews, got none. She would take any job and has applied now for jobs away from her neighbourhood. She would love to work, she is creative, intelligent, hard working and great social skills. It is hard for her to stay positive, and she and some of her friends are feeling despondent. There are not the jobs out there around here, even for those who want to work. I agree with Martin's conclusion above: For a nation to prosper, we have to STAND together, WORK together and ASPIRE together for common aspirations that answer our individual human needs at all levels.

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Richard Grace

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

An interesting debate - Yesterday our fouth grandchild Thomas entered the world and I don't expect him to ever be unemployed. by unemployment I mean "having nothing productive to do" However employment is not a given right. If we create an environment where our purchases engender demand for products and services outside our home land then unemployment at home will become the result. If we try to shut up shop and sort everything out ourselves then the country will become a basket case (I learned about this in Leningrad in the late 80's) This then leads to lack of funds for our elected govenment (lower tax revenues and higher social costs). Furthermore it leads to a lack of confidence in investors and forms a circular process. (recession,stagnation, depression whatever you want to call it) So - we must cut public services hard and fast. Get rid of legislation (minimum wage and health and safety etc etc) and reduce welfare cost. At some point the economy will then turn to growth and here is what will happen and what should be avoided. We will throw out the unpopular government that implemented "common sense" and start going backwards again. Right now David Cameron is on the right track. He handled the riots well, he talks sense and sticks to his task. I have read the posts here so far it is very much like the riot debate lots of great opinions. Richard www.calfpath.co.uk

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Tina Wilkins

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny Just seen this about mass unemployment with youths. I believe that one of the reasons is they don't believe the 'hype' anymore. They want to find a better way to live as they can see so many of the generation above them unhappy and existing rather than enjoying the richness of life. So hopefully they will find the balance in life and through that the way statistics are gathered will change to reflect what is really happening.

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Martin Dewhurst

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I'd like to return to the question ... Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? Perhaps it's because as a nation we're all pulling or pushing in different directions; In politics there's 3 camps to begin with. Where is the unity in this if our leaders can't find agreement? In religion faiths are divided over the detail of their belief. Where is the common ground that unites all faith in common aspiration? In communities we are divided by race, social aspiration, gender, culture, age. Where are our shared values to be found and brought to the surface? In times of great adversity as humans we have the capacity to work together in a common direction for the greater good of the whole. I constantly return to the example of the Sahrawi, not because they are better than us, not because they have greater intellect or some magical capacity for community, rather that through great adversity they have learned how to WORK TOGETHER. When UK learns to pull together there will be work for everyone. Opportunity surrounds us in every community, in every street, in every city. If we are to believe the suggestion that we are a broken society, then this implies that their is something to fix, there is work to be done and it's down to all of us to own the responsibility. The minute we pass the buck to government, we disempower ourselves both at national and local level. The minute we assume responsibility at local level, we begin to fix the issue at national level. During WW2 our parents and grandparents WORKED TOGETHER and dug for victory, we grew our own vegetables on every spare piece of ground. We majored in self sufficiency. Nowadays our wars don't involve us, they're fought on foreign soils with a fraction of the local collateral damage experienced during WW2. The net effect is we are divided as a nation AND to anyone with an eye on the future this equals massive opportunity for collaboration and cooperation towards common goals. If I was writing this with my small business hat on I'd have my head in the sand with the best of the boys. BUT I wear a different hat now and it's evident everywhere I look, interdependence is where our long term survival awaits us. Dont believe me? Then ask simply who made my computer, who grew my food, who printed my paper or refined the oil in my car, who baked the bread or picked the rice, who taught my children, who bandaged my arm, who nursed my grandparents, who gritted the roads, who cleared up after the storms??? The bottom line is ... we all need each other to survive. For a nation to prosper, we have to STAND together, WORK together and ASPIRE together for common aspirations that answer our individual human needs at all levels.

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Denis O'Donnell

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The attitude has switched from- "I'm doing you a favour giving you a job" to - "I'm doing you a favour taking this job" Frankly, 3 out of 4 kids we get for jobs have a very poor attitude to work - they all think they can do what they like, when they like and you can't do anything about it because of employment law - "I know my rights!" - we respond by simply not employing them. The answer? 1 - Allow employees to get rid of bad staff at will 2 - Pay small employers to take on and retrain these kids 3 - Teach their parents/teachers that the kids attitude is learned behaviour and they get it from home/school - but that's a hard one! If employment law was less restrictive, I'd set up several new ventures that need low costs/low skilled people, (who could then learn on the job). I wouldn't even consider it with current legislation, as it just isn't worth the aggravation putting up with them. Far easier to employ adult East Europeans, who are willing to work, do a good job and appreciate the opportunity.

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Kevin Chamberlain

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Don't expect JobCentrePlus to be of much help. It should be a great resource but the dead hand of civil service thinking condemns it to be unenterprising. "The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers." "The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for girls, they are forward, immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress." Generally these quotes are attributed by Plato to Socrates. Everything changes and all remains the same.

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Richard Flewitt

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We have created and empowered a new technological generation that is very different to earlier generations - in a very short space of time. I don't think we have the answers to your question Penny because very few of us understand the way young people think today. We have encouraged them to think for themselves, speak their minds and aim for the stars. They will, in time, create a new way that works for them - and we can only support and watch... It's too easy to blame education when there are some truly outstanding practices that are trying to keep up with new challenges. Yes, thee are failing schools too but issues are being addressed by positive mentoring from successful head teachers. It's always easy to blame government - whoever it is. They can only deal with the resources and historical practices they are given. The main political issue is that any party is only trying to make enough impact to survive the next 4-5 yrs - it is the system that us wrong. One issue I experience regularly is the lack of a professional approach from graduates. I receive countless one-line emails with CVs attached asking for a job or work placement. I believe in trying to help young people into the industry but the only ones who get my attention are those who have carried out some research into business video, and understand the type of films we make. Universities and colleges could do more to prepare young people for the real world.

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Richard White

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny I was not impressed by our local Job Centre Plus. They sent someone to our BNI networking meeting in Guildford asking for help in placements. I offered to get involved in helping some of them consider a career in sales and even to provide some sales training and some more general training to help people better sell themselves...and all on a purely voluntary basis Whilst the Jobcentre plus lady left the BNI meeting all excited and emailed her boss (copied to me) with the offer, her boss did not even have the courtesy to email back saying "thanks but no thanks" let alone meet and seek ideas and fresh input So much for the big society! And god help the young people if this is indicative of Jobcentres across the country Best wishes Richard Ps I am now working with the Madolay Hotel in Guildford to move this forward without Jobcentre Plus and will have another go at helping Jobcentre Plus once we have demonstrated results

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Jonathan Harrison FCA

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

My view is that the school system does not meet the future needs of youth or the business world. There are too many school and university places dedicated to subjects that while enhancing one's artistic side, are not suitable for the business world. In particular mathematics, english language, computing, technology and science need more priority, and encouragement should be given to practical engineering, mechanics and similar subjects at school to encourage students to take up these subjects at university or college where they have the flair for them. There is a lot of cash being sat on by investors who are holding back waiting for more positive economic signs to appear, while at the same time their money is losing value due to the low interest rate and relatively high inflation rate. If some of these investors were to provide seed or additional capital to early stage capital businesses, then this would help increase activity and youth unemployment. For example, as an Angel investor I have recently invested in an early stage company that needed finance to revitalise it's website and launch a PR programme. This company has so far employed one additional person and used the services of website developers, PR company, design company, printers, gift suppliers, etc. This all provides the opportunity for additional employment. I have recently published "Angels & Entrepreneurs" through Ecademy Press that will help anyone with surplus cash considering Angel investing, which is available from www.amazon.co.uk or www.amazon.com.

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Andrew Cross

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Interesting, apart from the normal drivel about bringing back National Service or the people who believe the garbage in the media about schools and "Bad Children and Teenagers" It's amazing how the passing of time colours the memories of people's own school and youth experiences. Some of the things that I can remember of things seen (and Ok sometimes being involved in) now scares me. I won't mention the Chemistry teacher having to call in the Bomb Squad to remove a flask of high explosive from the lab at the end of school term or the RI teacher finding his Bubble car outside his classroom door (3rd floor) on a Friday afternoon when everyone else had gone home. Guaranteed if these sort of things and certain others were to happen today, the media would have a field day. That nearly all of those involved have gone on to make good careers and lives for themselves says that the same things have been said about the "work shy youth", "lazy Kids" etc has been easy media reporting and comment from time immemorial. I can certainly remember the same things being said by the Ancients and oldies of my generation. True, things have changed, we have new technologies that we, now, oldies have problems getting our minds round. There will be even more changes as new tech comes on stream - and we will not be able to use it - the at present, the 1 million unemployed youths will! They have been brought up with new tech and are not afraid of it. Heck, I was speaking to a young guy the other day who had never heard of a slide rule and didn't believe that it existed until I showed him an old one of mine (and I highly respect him, his knowledge and his skills (although he will never be as good as I was at that age:-)) I, for one, am not worried about this blip in statistics. Recessions, slumps and booms will always happen. Be prepared. Anticipate change. Be ready for the Future! There will always be Alternatives.

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Andrew Horder

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Sorry, I don't have time to read the whole thread, I'm sure someone's said this before, if so consider this adding weight to that view. Is the unemployment the result of the disconnection, or the disconnection the result of the unemployment? I suspect it's not either/or, but a bit of both. And both are down to society (or government, if you like, they represent us. Yes, they do. Or we'd rise up and chuck them out). As a small employer (in one business), the reason we don't have young employees is that they simply can't do the job - we offer technical services, and our clients won't (can't) support us in having inexperienced people messing about with their machines. And we're not yet big enough to carry redundant resource. Last time we were looking to grow, we looked into apprenticeships; we saw some very presentable, very earnest, very keen, and clearly very hard-working young individuals. We could even have afforded to take on two of them. But they just didn't have the skills (despite the claims of the apprenticeship placement agency, but that's another blog!) - we needed someone who could fix machines from day one. So we had to take on one experienced person instead. Somehow, small businesses like us have to be supported to provide young people the opportunity to learn the hands-on skills - whether that's fixing machines or dealing with customers - in a way so that the cost to the SME is only the cost of supervision. Unpaid internships are great, but not something that small businesses (

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Julian Bond

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Not an answer but some background reading. http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/10/sheepskin.html I'm trying to get my head around the historical processes whereby we (the UK) got into this mess over higher education http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/paulmason/2011/02/twenty_reasons_why_its_kicking.html 1. At the heart if it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future Also http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/03/how-the-revolution-went-viral The point being that the credentials bubble has burst at just the same time as a world wide recession. This has created a new class of young people with lots of paper qualifications, no experience and no job in an environment where jobs are in short supply. It's a western global phenomenon and definitely not just a UK one. In fact in some ways the UK has got off relatively lightly compared with some other societies. Try asking the exact same question about Spain for instance, or Greece or Turkey. Or Iran. How about a society with precious little safety net such as the USA.

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Gordon Wheaton

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

This blog required some thought I think. It is a difficult question, but here is my best answer. I think youth unemployment is caused by the weakness of the economy, lack of jobs, breakdown in the education system and breakdown of the family system Regards Gordon

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Marcellus Lindsay

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Good question. I feel that mass youth unemployment is one of many symptoms of just a few underlying issues. One of these is the matter of 'responsibility'. Who is responsible for making the decision FOR another adult (i.e. someone over the age of 18 of sound mind, body and is functionally literate)? What impact does it have on the next generation (10 to 17 yrs old) that are told that they have the right to have all of their basic needs met without having to contribute - in fact, the less they contribute the more that they can get? My experience with working with young people (10 yrs to 25) over the past ten years has given me a unique perspective on the matter. There ARE young people who are ambitious, determined and willing to make the choices and pay the price. There are even more young people that take the easy road and shirk, pass on or avoid a very important and fundamental value that has the power to change their life..... Personal Responsibility. In Herman Stewart's book "Every Child Needs a Mentor" he highlights the fact that a lot of attention is given to young people who have gone 'off the rails'. This, in turn, has created a vacuum for those who want to make more positive choices. Herman writes "In many schools these children are called "the invisibles" because they are there but no-one really see's them! Or they are considered "the middle band" which can amount up to 70%-80% of the school population! There are programmes like his "RAMP Academy" and even programmes such as The Biz Boot Camp (www.thebizbootcamp.com) that are out there as practical ways for young people to engage - with each other, with positive role models and with their own dreams, ambitions and fear in a safe supported environment. These are examples of the current generation fulfilling their responsibility to help the next generation without waiting for government assistance to make it happen. We - the generation that hold so much power - have a responsibility to ourselves and the future generation to engage in a way that is appropriate to our position or preference. This can be with cash (donations and sponsorship) or with our time (as volunteers, mentors or service provision) The future generation - who have more power than they choose to use - have to make a choice that is based upon recognising that they alone are responsible for their own success or failure (just as those in power had to recognise in order to get where they are). Marcellus Lindsay

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Demos Flouri

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

It is a great question Penny, why? Personally I am not sure what it is but I am of the opinion that due to economic climates, more experienced employees are a more valuable asset than those you need to bring in and train up, where we live in a fast paced world where training up takes up too much time and resources. I may be wrong. My Girlfriend Charlotte and my friend John have both struggled to find jobs since leaving university both because they have no "experience". To me that also discredits the honor of having a university degree. But this does not have to be a bad thing.... this could be what this country needs to give birth to the next generation of fantastic entrepreneurs. If only we can teach the youth of today that they CAN do it alone, they can face the world with their own ideas/products/services. Demos

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David Amos

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny, With all this quality contribution it's hard to add much ... so just a couple of comments: Education has become largely feminised over the years, fewer male teachers, this has led to young boys being taught not to be competitive, problem is the world plays by the old rules. In the various small enterprises I am involved with, the very last thing we want to do is employ anyone, simply because of all the restrictive employment laws, any business that can trade without employees will have an advantage, over the last few years with the growing development of internet services, it is now so easy to create a business using a new model of zero staff. I believe that people will become increasingly self employed and provide a service to multiple other self employed people, this is what I am seeing already. Companies will buy a service rather than employ someone. This has been driven by restrictive socialist employment laws, which will only get worse. Young people have all the same raw talents of the older generation (and more), and even more skills, but now they will have to work out how to work for themselves, something that is completely new to our society, so very little advice about how to go about it. Perhaps as a nation we should be running courses on how to be self employed and how to create an SME from scratch. Dave

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Steve Austin

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We have high youth unemployment largely because we wanted it, or at best accepted it as an unavoidable consequence of globalized business models that buy labour where it is cheapest. In doing this we abandoned sectors of the economy that didn't offer maximal short term profits, removing opportunities for young people entering the labour market and looking to build futures for themselves. This was described in reasonable detail in the recent BBC documentaries "The Party's Over: How the West went Bust". In parallel we have also changed our political approach to the populace at large, not just the young, actively undermining democracy and replacing it with an unpleasant diet of media presentations of our leaders caught with their hands in the till, large corporations behaving in a less than ethical way and self appointed campaigners hectoring people about how they should live their lives. The net effect of all this is to make Edina & Patsy (of Absolutely Fabulous) look like reasonable people, and to disenchant and disenfranchise many people, young and old alike. How we address this and provide opportunity - or at least space - for young people to build lives, careers and businesses and engage positively with society is a much harder question. Trite solutions based on "instilling discipline" will not work - I've seen no indication that young people have missed the obvious lesson we've provided that lying, cheating and stealing are the way forward. Attempting to force feed an alternative view would be unhelpful and I don't know how to encourage people to do this for themselves. I doubt that ready-made solutions can be found: It seems more likely that they will need to be constructed piecemeal, and changed many times along the way. Social change has happened this way for a long time in the UK, and the process needs to continue.

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Lisa Attias

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Young people can be at once deeply idealistic, - inspired by new spiritual realities that take us much longer to get to grips with, and quickly disillusioned and depressed looking for answers in stimulants and illusions. If we see the potential in each young person I believe they can become that great individual.

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Tracey Finlay

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I would need to break it down - into unemployed and disconnected as they are not necessarily entwined. Unemployed - this is a mixture of both opportunity and disconnection. From some of the comments I can see that there are plenty of connected unemployed youths. To put the two together may muddy the water. Disconnected - Now this is the really interesting bit as you would be addressing the youths and not trying to tackle the economy at the same time. To do both would be a massive task. In my view, 'disconnected' is a result of both family and schooling - Family - Either unemployed parents or those that are 'too busy' to engage - Schooling - Assumptions around opportunities only coming from exam results... passing exams isn't something that everyone can do - Also having a 'one size fits all' view. Jamie Oliver had a programme about a year ago called 'Jamie's Dream School' where he used well known celebrities and academics to turn around 'failing' youths. In my view it was broadly unsuccessful. A great programme would be if they took inspirational teachers from across the country, from all types of schools, who were known for engaging pupils and using different methods of engagement. They should then be given the task of turning around 'failing' youths. The results from this (as I'm sure it will be successful) should then be used as a blueprint for teacher training, assessment and recruitment in the future. Research has shown that one of the most influential things in a child's educational engagement is their relationship with their teachers. And wouldn't it be great to showcase those great teachers who get lost in the (often deserved) bad press that education gets. Tracey

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Fay Olinsky

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I started work at the age of 15 years 2 weeks...My take home pay was £1.17s and 6d. I bought myself a bicycle for 7/6d a week which I diligently paid every Friday for a year. On the way home I bought a small gift for my mother to present her with along with £1 for my keep. The rest of the money was mine to buy lunch and anything else I needed. There were many menial jobs for school leavers...even poorly educated ones...but even the worst of those seemed to be better educated and prepared for work than any child today leaving school after a far longer education with greater resources and facilities. The only real difference I can see that is truly lacking is the discipline instilled at school, the leadership and roll models (good and bad, we had far more defined ideas of what we should not become). Also none of us expected anything, we knew that we had to either work hard to get on or develop any talent we may have been gifted with. I had many jobs the first year after leaving school. None had prospects, many had nasty groping managers and any young girl ran the gauntlet of hands and got the sack for complaining. I got the sack once and was unemployed for a week for which I got 5s6d but it wasn't dole...more like an emergency fund so I wouldn't starve. My mother was furious...even when I told her the reason...I should have put up with it... she needed her £1. After that year I took a job in a studio painting scenery for photographic work..... I was asked to model in a bathtub for a Lincolin Beer Shampoo advert...the professional model had let them down. .....Two weeks later there was a picture of me in the centre spread page of Parade magazine pinned up all over the news stands. I could earn more money in an hour than I had done working 50 hours a week... more money than any of my friends could ever dream of. I had been offered a grammar school scholarship which my mother had turned down in favour of my brother...she could not afford two sets of uniforms and school expenses...yet I was now earning more than he would ever be capable of. My mother despised me for shaming the family by posing in a scanty costume on a tiger skin rug, she threw me out. I found myself a bedsit which I could well afford with my new career but to be on the safe side I took a night job as a cinema cashier just in case things petered out. I was not lucky, nor were there any better opportunities back then. Work was awful, even if you had qualifications...being young meant slaving long hours learning the ropes or having to work in a factory like a robot. I never complained after the groper...I just got on with it and was opportunistic, grabbing every possible rung of the ladder to get on. I had respect for people even if they did not deserve it in my eyes...I was 16...who was I to judge? Life often seemed cruel and unfair and I ached after long working hours. There was little social life...in fact most things closed by 6pm except pubs and girls never went into those, especially alone unless they were tarts. Cinemas were the only relief and people stared at you if you went alone...that's why I got a job in one...at least I saw a film every night for free. I now take my granddaughter to work with me ocasionally...she is a brilliant waitress and makes devine perfect canapes by the hundreds far quicker than I can now. She earns large tips for being so good at what she does. She is 12 years old and quite small for her age. Some might think I exploit her..I have to ask a client's permission obviously...but she gets asked back every time. I feel I am doing her a great favour because she is learning that effort always brings rewards but even if the reward is smaller than expected, job satisfaction is just as great. My mother used to take me at the same age to help her when she catered for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ...I met many famous people and they too gave me tips which made me feel appreciated. I believe people's values have become confused and corrupted by too much political interferance and idiotic do gooders who think they are correct in protecting children from life. Hardly any school leaver in this country has had a real good humiliating telling off when they have been a pratt and they nearly always face that for the first time when they enter the workplace...their untrained reaction can cause retaliation that deters them from work for life. People who come to the UK from teeming countries with no such molly coddling of children are far better prepared for working life and that is why they succeed. They take the shit until they rise above it like we all used to. We have let the children down by being stupidly 'kind' and even worse we have shovelled rubbish down their throats until they are too stuffed to move. We have loaded them with goods they do not need so there is nothing left to want. Now we have a generation of deprived children in one parent families living on handouts but demanding designer goods as a right. Expecting stuff to be given to them and having no ambition at all for their own self improvement. Don't be fooled by facts and figures...the recent introduction of community work for young jobseeker payments has seen 50 % drop in claimants in some areas...this indicates a huge black market economy being propped up by benefits among young working age people. Use some common sense...something politicians lack by the ton! Kids aren't stupid...they can work the system long before they can't find a decent legal job. F

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Daniel Meeks

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The average house Price TRIPLED in a decade, from 1996 - 2006 as the median UK wage rose by just £6.5k. [This was a classic 'ponzi' scheme. A direct result of the biggest fraud ever perpetuated] And even if the average house price lost over 50% of its massively overinflated price tag, to take it back to its long term measure of affordability, [and the Base Rate returned to its long term average of 5%] Utilities have trebled, and Council Tax doubled under Labour, not to mention rising inflation in other staples like food. And its only going to get worse over the next ten years. There are literally millions of 'priced out' people, who have watched house prices rise year after year, and worked HARD for ten years, and whom have nothing to show for it. No Capital. Yet the ability to work for something you can call your own, 'private property' is a cornerstone of democracy. ************************************************ In 1997, according to the Office of National Statistics, the national average wage was £16,666. According to the Nationwide Building Society the Average House price in 1997 was £55k. £16,666/£55,000 = 3.3x INDIVIDUAL salary [mortgage] ******************************** The Average First Timer Buyer mortgage multiple in 1997 was just £41.5k [Council Mortgage Lenders] And the Average FTB mortgage multiple in 1997 was in a range of 2.3x - 2.5x Salary [Firstrung] ************************************************ By 2007, at the peak of the boom [according to the Office of National Statistics] the national average wage had risen to £23.5k The Average House Price in 2007 was £185k. [Nationwide Figures. Halifax had estimated AHP higher than £185k] £185,000/£23.5k = 7.8x INDIVIDUAL salary [mortgage] ************************************************ 2011 Average House Price £166,764 [Nationwide] 2011 Average Wage £25k £166,764/£25k = £6.6x INDIVIDUAL salary [mortgage] ***************************************************** The long term ratio of affordability is 3 - 3.5x individual salary There is no point in working, when the government are owned by international bankster theives. Absolutely Everything needs changing. The monetary system. The banking system. Fractional reserve banking. Parliament. Land. Its all corrupt as hell. Designed to keep the masses in slavery and misery. As it ever was........

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Ben Fernandez

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Please forgive me if someone has already mentioned this, but in times of crisis or when urgent action is needed by a company, as many are facing, where for one reason or another a profit needs to be made as soon as possible if the company or companies are to remain active, at times like these companies will more often than not opt for hiring trained or experienced staff with the hope of achieving the desired results ASAP ( with minimum investment be ti time or money in training) a successful decision to hire, expand or invest in new staff etc call it what you will; this is in essence the flip side to cutting back on running costs, getting more for ones money, the undesired effect is that the untrained ( and usually younger staff ) tend to be eliminated from the running for those particular positions: I think the graph above by William Buist shows this pretty clearly.

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Stuart Chalmers

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Got a question. Is thinking it is ok to make other people miserable by making them do things they hate a healthy way of thinking? Just a thought! Goodnight Stuart

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Richard Rochester

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Having worked with young people over the past twenty years and having also worked within further and higher education, careers, recruitment and more recently within deprived communities such as Marsh Farm (Luton). The need for full employment would mean that there were jobs for all work age jobseekers. So, we first need enough employers willing and able to recruit. Currently we have a situation where every week we hear of companies going into administration (Blacks, Hawkins Bazaar). With the loss of hundreds of jobs. So, the first thing is to continue to promote business start up because without new viable business acorns, we will not develop oak trees for us to develop opportunities. Recent research stated that at least one third of employees would like to start their own business but where afraid understandably they are afraid to do so. If each person were to start a business and were able to achieve £1000, it was said that the economic situation would be dealt with. Whether there was actually the potential for that only the economists among us can answer. Once we have enough vacancies British employers would have to have a compelling reason to ONLY recruit British citizens. The reality is that employers have choice and employment law does not allow for positive discrimination. Busy employers have always tended to take the easier option. Recruiting ready trained staff by poaching them from a rival company, rather than investing in training, well developed apprenticeships or providing awareness to young people about the opportunities. In the past you would have followed a family member into the same occupation. Now you have the choice to achieve your full potential if you so wish. Young people are lacking in confidence due to society, poor teaching (in many cases), poor parenting. Which has left them a lack of understanding of what they are talented at and who would benefit from those talents to the point that someone would pay them for it. I am continuing to change the lives of young people and the perceptions of employers one by one and group by group. There is a need for more hope, positivity and pro-activeness from a larger group which is one of my future projects. So in summary there is no one answer but; 1. All employers to plan to recruit one young person - divert benefits to employers 2. Support to employers on recruiting, managing and training 3. Careers advice to enable young people to understand their talents 4. Training that relates to manpower planning 5. An education system that motivates young people to develop their strengths rather than focussing on weaknesses 6. Support for parents on parenting 7. Benefits system only paid (active jobseekers) if you are being proactive - education, employment, volunteering, business start up

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Stuart Chalmers

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Oop's didn't really answer the question. Lots of reasons, here's a couple of them (in my opinion at least) ... Youth unemployment like this always occurs in a recession. They don't have experience at this point and struggling businesses are going to go for experience and try and get as much productivity and profit out of their employees as possible. If companies are mostly shedding jobs or just not taking on then youth is going to find it harder. There will always be some that have enough motivation or savi to make their way, like some of those described above but not everyone is like that. The root problem is our society and our boom and bust economic system. The problems are inherent. We need to figure out how to change these things for the better instead of being surprised by this type of thing each time a recession occurs ... and they always do. Regards Stuart

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William Buist

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

There's a lot of comment on this blog, and highlights the inpact this issue has on society and each of us. It's worth looking at some trends I think and how this is not (just) a UK issue either, here is a graph for American youth and adult unemployment. Here's the UK for the last 10 years too One thing to notice in these graphs is that when you compare the youth unemployment rate at a particular date to a group, say 10 years later and 10 years older the rates ae much lower. So, even when Youth Unemployment rates are very high, the prospects for the cohort as the years pass isn't any worse than at other times, the 'lost generation' aren't lost but do tend to get jobs. That's not to say that we should be complacent, but we should also recognise that traditional methods of generating jobs and building value have provided jobs for our young people in the past when recessions end and I'd expect them to do that this time too. Conclusion: We should get out there and build value and create jobs. I am worried though that some of the generalisations of young people in this thread, that we (their parents generation) see them as illiterate, tattoo ridden, poorly educated fools who can't and won't be considered for jobs. I do some mentoring in the sixth form colleges in Bristol for young people who will be entering the jobs market in the near future. My experience is not matched by the reporting in the media of the issue that face our children, even in very deprived areas and poor schools. I think we need to guard against being drawn, by the media or others, into prejudicial group descriptions of young people, but see through that to the individuals and what they individually bring. I'm very hopeful, what I see are a generation that are more connected, are more willing to adapt, that think differently and will find new ways of adding value to businesses. When the economy picks up they'll be at the forefront. I think it's a real opportunity and that from adversity will come great strength.

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Liz Watson

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

we need a complete re-vamping of our education system - and should have less of the 'common purpose' influence and much more tuition on entrepreneurial skills, working with the talent of the young, working on inspiring them and identifying their skills and interest areas - perhaps using a John de Martini type of education to broaden the way of looking at things. Unemployment is a mindset, first and foremost. It is about social conditioning. I think creativity is really important, and it should begin with encouraging creative skills and creating mentors and role models for their areas of interest.....if the Baby Boomers hadn't set such a bad example to the young, and if there was more focus on self-governance and independent thinking, I am sure the unemployment issue would be quickly lifted. But first and foremost, we need to change our Monetary System, which is behind the creation of all joblessness and homelessness that plagues this century. Get rid of Fractional Reserve Banking, Bring in The Lawful Bank (check out the website) as a transition, and build a new role model. Get rid of left-right politics, and bring in more of the VENUS PROJECT influence (Zeitgeist) which is innovative and has zero limits! liz watson

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Stuart Chalmers

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Wow, lots of comments haven't read them all. If we want better human beings then we must educate them well. This starts with the parents and then education. Bad parents are a real problem as they often produce bad children and then more bad parents. "Bad" is not the best choice of words but I'm sure you know what I mean. Better start educating parents first so that they do a better job, then we had better make sure the teachers are kept to a high standard along with the education system. I believe teaching is a vocational job and is the wrong place for people who's primary reason is for the career or have a "it's a job, it pays the bills" attitude. Unfortunately, whilst we are such a profit led society this is unlikely to happen despite all the false promises we get as there is no short term profit in this. Because of the enormous investment required this is the domain mainly of the government and large corporations whose vision seldom goes the distance. If we want a better society then we have to look after it and we have to invest in it which is very, very expensive. If we all bought a Toyota Prius instead of a Mercedes we could probably afford it (a bit glib but think about what we spend our money on and how much junk we produce and buy to prop up our excuse of a system). We do not use what collective wealth we have very wisely. Such a shame Stuart

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Yemi Akinsiwaju

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny, I believe the problem is in the nature of the quest itself. The paradigm needs to shift from 'employment' to 'deployment.' Our youths have a lot of energy, creativity and versatility. Trying to shoehorn all of these into a 20th century concept of 'employment' i.e. pursuing a 9 - 5 job is simply a lack of vision on the part of policy makers and a recipe for frustration for our youths. Given the 21st century challenges of globalization, accelerating sociopolitical change and the attendant economic flux, we need to rethink how we deploy all that our youths have to offer through entrepreneurial activity and creativity. A key question is, "what do our youths possess as a competitive advantage over their peers in the rest of the world? And how can we harness that to create new opportunities for them that can be marketed as solutions to other parts of the global economy?" Pursuing answers to this is likely to significantly ramp up youth deployment and drive down unemployment. Cheers...

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Mick Say

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Evolution playing its part

Hi Penny Technology and manufacturing moving out of the UK are the two main reasons for mass youth unemployment today I think. In the non to distant past the UK was a vast manufacturing and exporting nation and today we have far less big manufacturers employing apprentices and young unskilled labor. Advancement in technology and robotic assembly has further reduced the job opportunities for the young and old alike. That I think is the Why - How to address this issue is of course a whole new story... Mick

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Martin Dewhurst

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I was set in my mind for a career in the forces. I was told by my careers teacher I wasn't good enough. I believed him. Up to that point I'd progressed through cubs scouts and Air Cadets. I loved the discipline, the structure and the self reliance. I loved the teamwork, the leadership and the sense of responsibility.

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Andrew Coulthard

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny, I have worked with tens of thousands of our youth for many years and the answer to your question requires a completely new approach. The submissions above go some way to explain what the problem is but blame the youth for why it has happened. But I'd suggest that we need to think in a completely different way. When our parents were young and in their formative years their circumstances largely dictated their place in society. Miners had kids that would go down the pit. steelworkers and shipbuilders would expect their progeny to follow them into industry and those in service or localised supply would know what their likely role would be as they journeyed through the one-size-fits-all education system. As bad as it was, as narrow and limited the constraints became, our parents had a VISION for what the future would be like. Society had its controls in place and our aspirations were limited. Products, goods and services were designed, manufactured and resourced locally and relatively small industries serviced our need. But before very long and in rude haste, the Internet emerged, globalisation of products and services became concentrated and economics changed our world forever. As a result, we have become parents of a generation that has little or no vision, yet we persist in attempting to apply our rules and beliefs to their world in a vain attempt to get them to see what we saw when we were their age...but that world has gone forever. We have inadvertently taught them to consume instant gratification without having to pay the price of developing any responsibility for its provision. We have done this because we have been too busy bridging the gap between what our parents taught us and how the world has changed for them in this global online economy. So, if blame is to be apportioned then it lies squarely at our feet...the baby boomers. We all went out to work hard and long and took our eye off the socio-economic ball that was bouncing away from us. The kids have gone 'online' and the world has followed them there...but we are trying to pull them back into a world that we all understand and one created with our 'vision'. We need to bring our version of order as we attempt to get them to conform to our view of the world. The youth needs inspiring, facilitating and setting free to embrace a world where work is a means to an end, where employers need to engage with new work cultures by facilitating their workers, where people (including the youth) are free to set their own rules, to engage with the world of work on their terms, when it suits them and allow them to work in a way that they determine to meet their own social vision. An article that hit the net today ( http://ow.ly/8k54q - skip the ad) shows how Red Frog Events are breaking new ground in organisational culture...the effect is the same as in our day but the responsibility for enforcing discipline is left with the individual. This paradigm shift is typical of the approach we all need to adopt if we are to engage with, influence, guide and empower our youth to participate in an economy that we have little or no control over anymore. Once we see that the youth are the solution and that we are the problem, we will approach your question in an entirely different way. Andrew

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Chris Farrance

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Unfortunately there is a systemic disconnect between a politically driven education policy and the needs of the individual which is exacerbated by a hugely indulgent welfare system which does not encourage a work ethic. The focus should be on the future not the past.

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Steve Waters

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Penny - a huge question and many of your contributors have raised issues which I might have mentioned. Briefly: * Fewer jobs available for young people. * Education under successive governments has focused on the basics and schools are measured against the yardstick of qualifications. Nothing wrong in that in itself, but creativity, innovation, social education, drama have all been relegated to second place. Are these not the areas that entrepreneurship, start-ups and SME's need? * Apprenticeships and training have not delivered digital, media and social media skills as part of the core learning experience - and all three are needed by businesses if they are to be successful. And a lasting thought and plea to contributors to this blog: please try to avoid generalising about young people. Until recently, I worked in the education service with 30 years as an English teacher and 6 as an educational consultant supporting schools. Of course, there were challenging young people - schools are only a microcosm of society - but the overwhelming majority of the pupils I taught were engaging, polite, supportive of their friends (even more so than my generation who didn't have Facebook) and had so much to offer. Our challenge as adults is to ensure that we harness this talent and don't allow it to go to waste by creating opportunities for them to contribute to the growth of businesses, if not in employment, by being offered placements alongside their training where they can contribute to the use of social media and help to bring business into the digital age.

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Geoff Rolls

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I think one of the reasons we have mass youth unemployment, as has been mentioned before, because we have few inspirational people that engage with children throughout their education. We have exceptionally able teachers in the UK, but as with all teachers, they teach us what to learn (in order to pass exams and get points on the exam league tables) rather than how to think. Many teachers have spent a great deal of their own lives in education, going to school till 18, then off to University or other seat of learning, then do teacher training, then go back into the very system they left only a few years before. I know for a fact and from experience that there are some wonderful teaching personalities there, who do engage with students, but unless the students understand what use a specific subject is to them in a job in real life, they will be stuck with having been taught the subject two-dimensionally and yet learned very little. I know of schools that maybe once a year get an inspiring person in to speak at an annual awards event or speech day, but that's about it; and even then, the only students who have some kind of access to them are the Year 12 and 13 students; (lower and upper sixth form in old money) almost a bit late in their school career to change direction if that's what they have been inspired to do. What about every other day the students are at school? Really, students need to be beginning to be inspired to think of the world of work as a great place to be going to work and live, and to know that during their education they can accumulate knowledge to achieve that. We need to be starting this engagement at the very latest in year 7 (first year of secondary school) to be able to capture and develop their imagination. Even now, some of the most productive times at schools, are when they organise times off-timetable to be able to make decisions and to practise what they learned two-dimensionally in class in business-based games. The amount of lightbulb moments seen in the classroom in plenary sessions during and after these events is amazing, not just from the students themselves but often the teachers and business volunteers who acquire new learning too. Today's youth need to be able to learn from us; where to look, who to listen to, what to smell and taste and how to feel for opportunities, and to develop the ability to be proactive in terms of their actions and build their own confidence to pursue these opportunities, rather than resorting to being spoon-fed and waiting for these opportunities to find them. A place such as Ecademy is absolutely full of inspiring people who could just change the way the youth learn new things. Ultimately, we are all teachers, so can all take responsibility; from politicians to business leaders to parents and everything in between. Perhaps it's just about time we either refreshed what we have been teaching or all teach different subjects? Just a thought...

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Uliana Maksymiuk

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hello everyone, In my opinion, youth unemployment is the result of multiple reasons: 1. Employer is looking for experienced worker, young people don't have an experience. 2. Employer may want to hire somebody they know personally (e.g. relatives :) 3. Young people (lot of them) early learned what is skiving and instead of working make appearance of working: no effect - no job 3.1. In UK is too much protection for workers, sometimes older people don't work hard enough, but are kept on their places just because its too difficult to fire them after many years in company. Therefore young people don't have chance FIRST- to take their places SECOND - looking on others -understand that there is no need to work hard. Now look NR. 3. 4. NOT ENOUGH JOBS FOR EVERYONE. Thanks for reading :)

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Kathlin Austin

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Maybe, just maybe in the near future we will taste finally real freedom and see our true potential as species, not only as an employee or businessman or even worse homeless, begger an such. Finally we will know who we really are. This will be fun when we discover that this Human was hiding in all of us all these many incarnation only to come out now and enjoy creativity beyond our present imagination. All the best to you all. Love Kath

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Kathlin Austin

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Well, I simply think that fortunately for them and unfortunately for some our youth finally is waking up to the true natuire which is simply in conflict with our current social systems not only in the UK but all over the world, in general. In detail, our inner concience is trying to break old order to manifest in the outer world as new fresh air of sensible approach to a new coming reality. I can see it everywhere how religious regimes, social and cultural limitations are not working any more. Even Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted that this horribnle "Humanity is waking up first time in thousands of years". Well arificial reality is not hipnothising us any more. That is my view on it and we, adults better wake up to it also and create better world for them than the one we grew up in. Slavory does not work any more. Even though we may enjoy some of it's sides it is a road to nowhere. It is so vivid now like never before and no previous system will fit to blind the Humanity again. I have a solution of making new work of ideas exchange platform where true values are true values and our lives can last as long as we can using our today's and future technology human body's own technology including. It is a broad subject but I see it coming. Yahooooooo! I am very excited to watch this process unfolding befor emy own eyes. I observe and observe and my heart is pounding with joy and expectation of a new true Earth Humanity Society. Kathlin

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Michael Hargreaves

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny Lasty week while on holidays on Phuket, Thailand, I came across a book written about British society - "The Selfish Society. How we all forgot to love one another and made money instead" by Sue Gerhardt. This book, once I start getting into reading it, maybe a little left leaning for me and others, however, I suspect that it will make a very valid point - relevant to your question - that we have forgotten our community values - which include educating and providing opportunities for the next generation. For the UK times are tough because much of its industrial expertise has been hollowed out and can now be produced elsewhere cheaper. The previous governmetn was very good at supporting collaboration between universites and business to develop new expertise in the UK. IT would be interesting to know whether anything commerical has evolved that will create future jobs. Cheers

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Trevor J Dyster

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Just coming back on this subject, the landscape of employment needs to be considered in relation to the number of posts available in the work place for any age group. I was thinking about this the other week while on a job in Birmingham where once there was factories manufacturing there are no Reatil parks and supermarkets. These are the "new factories" It makes for a great headline when one of these chains creates 5000 jobs over the next few years but will the retail sector become the next "crash victim". Typically paying around minimum wage they do not appear to offer much in the way of career development - I am happy to be corrected on this point as it is only my perception. So in time peoples disposable income remains static. Who then buys their products and we are already seeing this in the demise of many provincial high streets where the indpendent retailer is being driven out. Pensions in my view will become worthless so people will work on to as late in life as they can there by turnover in staff will decrease in business so vacancies will furhter decline to all age groups With current employment law as it stands i think there will be a whole new group of workers those being made redundant now,who will be totally transient moving form job to job with no career progression as they will hired for a minimun contracted period and then let go by employers before "they have right" per se, and these people will always be last in last out when it comes to selection for redundancy. We need to have churn in the workforce to make opportunities for all in the job market and unless current business can secure new contracts to expand again I fear the situation will not improve for some time Trevor

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Graham Wilson

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I don't want to detract from the very real concern that there's 1.1M+ (these numbers are always underestimates) of unemployed young people who Society needs to have experience work sooner rather than later if they aren't to create a serious social issue later in their lives.... However, can I point out that the government statistics of employment trends that were published in early December showed that while unemployment among 'youth' had risen by 12%, that of senior managers and above had risen by 13%. For completeness, semi-skilled workers (which I think is typified by fork-lift truck operators but covers a huge range) actually fell by over 16%. The senior management figure is disturbing - not because of the absolute numbers, but because they are the people who create a disproportionate number of roles for young people. The more seniors you have in employment, the more young people are employed. It could be argued, that it is this older part of the workforce that needs nurturing - done properly the younger segment will then be addressed automatically. Cheers Graham Wilson - 07785 222380 the-confidant.info | executive-post.info

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Robert Zarywacz

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny I think one of the clues is in your word 'disconnected'. It seems many don't know how to connect, how to function in the real world outside school, but when they do find out, they can shine. In North Devon, we are about to launch our second annual apprentice campaign. Last year, I had the pleasure of writing case studies on a number of apprentices. One was of a lad who didn't fit into school and was given one last chance when up for sentencing before a judge. Via the Prince's Trust and a patient employer he trained as a chef and is now popular with colleagues and customers and has turned his life around. Once they are connected with the culture of work and business and understand that nothing happens without you making it happen, after the shock and adjustment, it seems there's no reason why they can't achieve anything they want. It takes hard work on all sides though. Regards Robert

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Robert Craven

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Breakdown in Values Breakdown in Respect Breakdon in Aspiration to achieve (no need) Having it too good (consumerism) makes people lazy and expect the best RC

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Lorna Chiverton-Hunt

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The lack of motivation comes in part from teachers who do not inspire the young people (though I know there are lots of great teachers out there as my Mum was one), parents who don't necessarily know how to inspire their youngsters as teenagers especially don't think parents know anything & also the media. It is really hard to get excited about the job market when you keep being told that there are few jobs! If 25% of young people are unemployed that means that 75% ARE occupied in some way.......yes it's sad for the 25% but actually 75% doing something is a much better statistic that the media don't talk about! On that note I have been telling the people around me that more good happens in the world than bad and the reason that the bad is reported is that the news would be on all day if they had to cover all the good stuff! By covering mainly bad that fills the small time slot that is available for the news........ My experience as a Youth Coach has shown me that young people do not have their eyes opened to a vast range of occupations (even if they have been through Connexions......). A suggestion I made recently stunned a teenager - they are interested in gadgets but also like dealing with people so I asked if they had been in an Opticians recently as that covered both angles! I was the first person to suggest this....If our young people find something that they are interested in it makes it much easier for them to be motivated to aim for getting a job in that area. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) area of the job market is a rapidly growing one which needs people at all levels yet there doesn't seem to be much about that in the media. Time to get off my Soapbox now methinks...

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Radoje (Rako) Ignjatovic

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

This 'financial' crises is technology driven therefore there is generally high level of unemployment in the developed world. Employers have difficulties to keep current level of the employment and current employees are privileged.

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Ben Fernandez

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny, I think its a combination of so many issues and problems and certainly all or most of the above, but its not only here in the UK; also in other European countries which see the UK as stronger than their own country and subsequently move over here, Canada, South America, etc flooding these countries with labour force. Then the fact that we are actually manufacturing far less than say 20 years ago, farming is also down. The spiral of finding it difficult to get a job compounded by the cost of University education is very disheartening for our youth, but then again having said that if everyone had a university education we would still have an unemployment problem. Schooling in my opinion also has played a big part in the mentality our youth appears to have, but the schools restrictions have been brought about by us, the ones now complaining about the the youth and their behavior, attitude etc, I genuinely believe that teachers have so little power / control in schools that we get the end results that we do. Someone mentioned military service, I seriously doubt the state could afford it right now. What we really need is for South America to really gain speed with more of the population on higher wages, India to also make that leap, China to open itself totally to western products, those three alone would need masses of European luxury items ( by luxury I mean western products ), in an ideal world we would all be able to afford to buy from where ever we chose, there would be a demand for items or products from the four corners of the world and balance the globe's requirements and our innovation would keep churning out new products, but I am digressing here, I am a bit of an idealist but perhaps not enough of a realist.

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Graham Bunting

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

This is a topic worthy of a proper discussion - it is a huge subject, and there isn't one single simple answer, there are multiple reasons why we are where we are with youth unemployment, and I think from reading all of the input, that most issues have been surfaced. Attitudes, community, mutual respect, values, principles, expectations etc etc etc. a very worthwhile discussion, and one that I believe is only addressable if we all get involved.

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Gary Howell

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

A mature waitress nicely summed it up to me when talking about the younger staff. "They want the money but not the work". Clearly something wrong with the attitude of young people today which was certainly not the case in my younger days! Education? Government interference with the family unit? Lack of 'allowed' discipline? Who knows? Gary

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David Driscoll

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CHANGES UNEMPLOYED ?

The easy answer is let them do what they wont. Let the youngetsers choose the subjects. The above happens but what the eye doesn't see. If they don't cause trouble then leave them be. Rumours about paying for results doesn't help any thing. Results are what count therefore the not so educated are on a losing battle. Remember you can't teach someone that doesn't want to be taught. To control many, many different internationals is really going backwards to far. Generally the not so bright hold up the education of the bright. Remember the youngsters are learning you can't expect the brighter youngsters to bring forward the not so bright. There being taught not paid to educate others. It's hard in business and hard at school.

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Ian R McAllister

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Interesting debate, which I have tried to address for the past 10months - reluctantly! Its a multi-part answer, but interesting to see that many here and in the wider world see a large part of the answer in the attitude of our youth. Yes, there is a problem there, but when you consider that now (technically), although in reality in light of the recession(s???), there is actually a shortage of youth coming into the employment system. Simply, employers won't have enough heads to the required work, due to decreasing birth rates of the past few decades. There are many debates as to why that happened, but on the other hand we can perhaps hence see why a loud government policy on immigration by two successive Westminster administrations is not followed up with a tough entry gate policy on the borders. In the short term, there lies a simple case of economics. Pre-2008, the average job got around 20+ job applicants, and employers were left scrabbling for heads let alone skills (we will return to this due to decreasing birth rates, eventually). Now there are 120+ applicants per vacancy, and who needs a phone when you have more than enough CV's daily on your desk/in your eMail box? Secondly, with all these CV's on your desk, and many of them from experienced applicants who could be productive in 30days, why take on someone who could take up to 2years after some very expensive training (often equivalent to 50% wage cost over 2years). When experienced candidates are happy to take on the same job for lower wages, why employ what is hence expensive youth? Thirdly, youth is giving itself away at present - internships. So employers are asking: why pay? The debate in the employment industry is when internships will become regulated over if. Its morally wrong to employ someone for free for periods of up to 12months, and expect them to pick up the bill just for something to put on their CV. Yet, already for 2012 graduates you are seeing debates across the student jobs boards about how best to get an internship, and how to finance one. But these are simply economics issues of the down turn. The actual problem occurred before this, with most commentators agreeing that it started in 2004. Why? Well according to most, Jon Wade seems to be closet to the mainstream answer. Simply after 1997 the university system was liberalised (good thing) allowing polytechnics to become universities (not a bad thing), but were also added to by large local colleges also becoming universities (also not a bad thing). Secondly, schools got paid a pupil premium for: (a) sending more children onto A-Levels, and with colleges (b) more students into university. Note that the bonus didn't multiply much if they actually graduated, the schools and colleges got most of the premium monies if they: applied; got accepted; and then turned up in the September. So the old, new and local universities suddenly had a huge stream of students, and also were getting offered a pupil premium to take them on. The result was a huge multiplication in course spaces and actual courses. Secondly, much as though the so called bright children still came who would have got into the old system, so did some students who offered challenges academically to gaining the right educational level. So the biggest course growth was in arts and creative related courses, over traditional basic science, maths, applied science, etc. This allowed the maximum number of students to enter university and stand a chance of graduating. The problem across the whole system? There was no joined-up level thinking. The result? In example, in every year since 2007, UK universities have turned out enough Theatre Management graduates to manage every theatre in the UK, every year! Secondly, although since 2008 there has been a financial incentive to study maths and science for graduates who qualify as a teacher, the UK MAC (Migration Approval Committee) has on its list since it started in 2009, the approval for any UK school to recruit suitably qualified maths and science teachers from anywhere in the world. OK, so they may not be the right type of graduate, but what is the quality of graduate coming out of the average UK university? In 2007, 10% of FTSE companies had new-graduate catch-up schemes; that number in 2011 was 70%. These courses teach basic writing and arithmetic (mental maths mostly), to enable graduates to come up to the required level to actually enter and then start that companies graduate training scheme. This to me is a school issue, and not a directly related college/university issue. If colleges and universities have got something wrong in administration in the last few years, then it is in their economic cut-backs in their own graduate career service. Not everything is answered by stuff dumped on the internet, and the same human level of support as when you had 25% fewer graduates. One more thing. Those who may not have been academic in the old days of the redbrick universities, were served most often on leaving school by going into a craft apprenticeship. There they learnt manual skills, and if they later developed got opportunities to progress academically. I know, I was one of those people! With a lower amount of UK manufacturing industry, many of those school-leaver opportunities have been lost, and most commentators agree that we have still not found a way to bridge the gap for these able but not academic at that age people to progress successfully - if at all - into the work place. So why do we have a youth unemployment problem? In part economics, in part a change in the UK employment base, but mostly due to "pushing people through the educational system" with no joined up thinking. If youth has an input into this current unhappy chaos, its due to their frustration of not being able to do what they have been schooled and trained to do, and secondly at a minor level their attitude and will to work. They are good people on which or future depends, and deserve so much better.

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ed percival

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Penelope, Ed's radical plan - give any SME who wants one a young person who wants a job. the SME pays the young person a top up on their benefits to at least minimum wage. they get to work - the SME gets a useful body. The young person gets to build their personal equity and prove themselves. Very soon we have built the equity value of our young people and therefore the nation. Ed x

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David White

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Lets see, they are supposedly tought the big Rs and then leave to work in an environment they know nothing about. 80% of the wealth in this country is in the hands of the over 50s, as it takes that long to gather / garner & save after all the expenses of growing up, paying for children, their education, property etc. Then there are the distractions - nearly all to do with leisure none to do with work! So the kids are poor on cash, poor on skills and have no time or inclination to learn. Which is also the case for very many learned adults. If the largest employer is the self employed, then surely we should be teaching people the skills of self employment. How an exchange of service, provided on good terms in good faith leads to payment and reward. Building a firm platform of service culture would be a start and indeed, probably a USP for the country. The US seems to get this bit right, I travel there a lot and I see good customer service everywhere. To encourage take up, your plan would need to be easy, fast, low cost, done for them and a huge benficial upside that they can feel in their hands immediately. That's sales, basically.

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Penny Power

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Many people have mentioned changing the way we educate our Youths to make them more employable, what changes should be made?

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Marcin Korecki

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

There is about the value models and believing systems, about our intend to participate in social live. For the first time I was by the term "interdependence" impressed - was by reading of Dr. Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". These kind of values system didn't find a great number of followers or funs in Europe, I'm afraid. Should I mean, it is to be expected ?

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Robert Hill

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

In the 1960's we queued up for a job and I got in the wrong queue. In those days we had a massive manufacturing industry supporting an equally large service industry on par with Germany. Apprenticeships were easily available for all trades and professions in those days but now without these industries we import these skills and professions from abroad.

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Michelle Harris

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

When I was 17 and unemployed, for a very short time as I went to work as a temp - there were 4 Million unemployed, and the situation was a lot like it is now. Most companies want skilled, experienced workers. They don't have the time or the money to teach someone to do the most menial of jobs. Even those leavers with great qualifications have to face this difficulty. You will find jobs listed as "Junior" asking for 1-2 years experience and a degree in... So to start with kids have to gain their experience using... Unpaid work Non profit Apprenticeships Freelance work I expect some would prefer not to do this and to continue looking for paid work. Also sometimes you can still get benefits while working with no income, and that will show the number of unemployed as incorrect.

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Patrick Nivelles

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment? Penny, To give you a practical example, one of our sons has been trying to get a job for a year, and has applied for many. But if you have limited skills and experience, there are not many openings in the market, and every job he applies for is hugely oversubscribed with applicants - its very depressing for him as he is keen to work. This must be the case for many other young people in this country, and the more so if they have additional disadvantages.

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Renie Price

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Many reasons as far as i can see 1. Many employers want university graduates, but they also want experience. How on earth do they get the experience if they can't get a job. Many people whether they have a university or not have a natural aptitude and if not given a chance it can be very degrading to them and then they give up. 2. On the other side, there are many who haven't been to university that at one time would have gone into factories. There are no factories (Not like there used to be) any more, because there were so many strikes that people stopped buying UK made things, eg Cars; Coal etc. 3. There is so much immigration that a lot of jobs are being taken up by the immigrants for minimum wages. The immigration in this country must stop. 4. There are too many benefits that encourage people not to work and not emough to encourage them to work. 5. Martin Dewhurst is on the right track with his National service idea. Maybe just for the jobless though. It should include everyone who does not have a job after 6 months. Maybe on a training or re-training programme.

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Kathryn Sassall

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Some thoughts on what young people aren't getting currently

Hi Penny Talking to a young would-be illustrator yesterday currently a barista after his degree. His view was that when he was at school/Uni he was (i) only taught how to be an employee not to be self-employed/entrepreneurial and (ii) about his subject discipline not about how to then turn that into a business. His parents were not in a position to fill in the gaps as it was not a world they are in either. Could see the lights going on as I was coaching on offline networking and online social media benefits; pleased to say that successfully introduced him to an author who has offered paid illustration work for two business books. Supporting him to find some other opportunities on a pay-it-forward/givers gain basis. The smile and gratitude is actually quite overwhelming, but very warming. As suggested above, academic grounding and the ability to learn and research is a small part of the overall requirements to get on in the world. A number of the young people I am coming across (motorsport bias usually as you know) need to be helped to understand the importance of effective networking, the need to provide value, and the importance of having belief in their passion (even if it is not immediately possible). It then possibly comes down to how that will be funded - they can not afford it - their parents may not understand the benefit or have the funds to offer for out of curriculum classes - the educational system may not have the budget to bring people in. Businesses can do so much and hopefully will step up where they can. I am sure your current work in this area will help tremendously. all the best Kathryn

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Michael Heaney

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

many people want to blame the education system - but the education system has been taken out of the hands of educators and handed over to politicians - directly at the behest of business which wants the government to deliver numerate and literate servile workers who only want a steady income and are willing to work their way up the corporate ladder for a minimum wage till they get put out to grass and replaced by a machine. The young are full of inventiveness and excitement and wonder and creativity, This has no outlet for expression, and business has no method of harnessing this wonderful resource of enthusiasm - Even thought Business is constantly being told to be more innovative and creative. UK Business does little or nothing to train its workforce, to allow them to develop their talents on company time, and to be innovative. They have systems and procedures in place and rules and regulations and lines around everything. Except of course for the visionary businesses like Google and Microsoft and HP which have become stunningly successful because they are not trying to squeeze every last drop of profit out of its workforce - they give their employees an opportunity to experiment and follow their interests and they employ people without the correct qualifications and offer them alternative career paths and fulfilling jobs. Our mistaken belief that only the city slickers can generate millions has led us to be entirely money focussed as a country. And despite the fact that one successful movie can make a Billion dollars revenue we starve the creative industries and shut down arts clubs and youth theatres and consider that any money spent on experimental art is just waste. It is these narrow minder blinkers that we need to remove - not more marching up and down and pointless make work to instill discipline. We need inspirational teachers in school - but they have no time for that they have to deliver the government appointed curriculum and churn out more A grades to keep their place in the league tables. We are lost unless we learn from these mistakes and play to our strengths and empower the young to tap their creativity and express themselves. That is what worked in the 60's and it would work again. But the old and money hungry bean counters have handed all the available wealth up to the top layers of executive money lenders and there is nothing left for those who want to start another Sinclair Electronics or Biba, or Habitat or Viz Comics or Virgin Records... Michael

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David Willis

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Youngsters are expected to be self motivated and whilst this is great for those that are, the vast majority are not; they require nurture, motivation and inspiration from others. This needs to start at school, but those who are out of education must not be missed - more of the likes of Mike Greene on 'Secret Millionaire' in Peterborough; helping those at both ends of the scale. David

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Zara Lockwood

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

lack of jobs, example I did a job centre search recently for my town, there were 60 jobs in the database, most were cleaning jobs, care jobs or retail and partime an hour here or there. The tax gets confusing if you have more than one job, plus these jobs all have high turn over due to bullying and the threat that you are replaceable (job insecurity). Bosses in lower waged work generally aren't very nice to their staff, a 'menial' job doesn't just not cover basic living needs money wize, it also has a social stigma attached, I was often told that the jobs I had weren't "real" jobs, and I was an idiot for working for such low wages - this was from other members of the family, you get that and your boss / co workers telling you you are stupid too and not worth the wage, dispite the effort, withdrawing from the workplace seems like the better option, as if people label you as useless rather than empower, then what is the point. Removing benefits will just increase homeless people and criminal activites in my opinion, I watched a program where a village in Africa was dependent on food aid, they were allowed to trade within the community to learn self reliance skills, then the aid was withdrawn, the result was businesses failed and kids began to starve, aid was resumed at a reduced rate so the children didn't need to eat just goat skin in order to take their aids vaccine that was still supplied, the experiment of reducing a "welfare state" was deemed to have failed in this case. More/varied semi skilled work needs to be created where people aren't treated as a sub species, effort is acknowledged and antisocial behaviour like bullying becomes the stigma rather than the aggressive workplace that currently exists.

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Andrew Munro

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Dare I say "all of the above" for most of the comments made already. Fundamentally lack of cohesion between business, education and government with respect to policy, combined with a failed generation of school leavers for whom a life on benefits is "normal". Jobs aren't where the people are and demographics including cost of housing trap people in unemployment and poverty.

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Kenton Sanmogan

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

UK youth unemployment is high because the UK is in decline. The British Empire is gone ...and the world map is no longer mostly pink. If the UK economy is not really growing, then where could the youth expect find work ...other than by backfilling for those that retire/die. There are now countries (with very large populations, like India, China and Indonesia) that are beginning to produce numerous well-educated and motivated workers ...and those in the UK are losing out to such competition for jobs (in a global context) because they have much higher wage expectations (and the UK is not alone in that). In the global economy, the UK needs to be innovative and focus on growing businesses that create real value ...get back to being a net producer rather than a net consumer ...and then there with be more work for all in the UK, especially the young.

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Abed Jamal Eddine

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

well its because of the mentality those youths have now and what they were raised with, very depending, not responsible enough, they want the government to give them unemployment and they do not do effort to be better.

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Penny Power

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Increadible to see so many comments that will be fabulous to analyse and digest, thank you. Adam and I also discussed why he didn't have more Twitter followers, with 4048 so far despite his huge following on BBC working lunch and Today program to name a few programmes he is on Perhaps we can change that, he is a great man, hugely interesting, very connected and brilliant to keep in touch with He is joining us on Ecademy soon which is fabulous.

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Michelle Galbraith

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I agree with much of what has already been shared. My own perspective is that our Youth - our Future - are lacking in a method of being able to create context in their lives. Success Tools, life principles to live by their personal values - values that they have designed for themselves through their own conscious thoughts of what they want to contribute in their life and of course there lies the principle of Personal Responsibility. These success strategies are taught at some schools, and known by some parents and communities - by way of Church or Youth groups but they are not yet main stream. There is an opportunity here for a paradigm shift of attitude in society. Our Youth need to feel comfortable and safe that they can enjoy success but be willing to fail many times, if needed, in order to achieve. Life is an experential journey not one watched from the side lines. Educational success is vital in the global marketplace - not more so in the emerging Internet age - the drive to succeed, the motivation has to come from within - stop making excuses, take responsibility. Success strategies educate a person on how to implement these distinctions. Parents play a very valuable place in the 'attitude' of our youth too. Their support is a major strength and is vital to the overall success. Be engaged and interested in their child's life will go some way to raising the bar with ambition and confidence of their offspring. The Media should take responsibility for reporting in a way which does not fall into the traps of perception: injustice, blame, expectation and being owed. These perceptions work hard to make people the victim. Life's obstacles can be viewed as great opportunities to provide context. The Youth are our Future - they deserve to be taught skill sets to use their innate intelligence as their compass to knowing they are on their Path. Confidence, Self Esteem and Productivity are the outcomes.

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Martin Dewhurst

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Yes, The values model is another vital component. Interdependence is the subject for the 21st Century. It's the next step of evolution from independence.

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Thomas Power

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

50 comments in 60 minutes and wow oh wow oh wow.

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Joe Worthington

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

As a student myself I think the main reason why there is so much growing youth unemployment because of de-motivation within the education sector, and the views of adults on modern day young people. The education sector, teachers in particular are very demotivating these days, if a student does not fit into their ideal of how a modern day young person should act or how much they should know about certain things, and how they do in exams the teachers just knock those students down nd offer no help in helping them back up again! Stereotyping is also a major problem. Many adults think that all young people are thugs, druggies, and alcoholics so they treat all young people like that! This is definitely not the case! I have been on the receiving end of this many times and it needs to stop! If young people are treated badly then we start to feel that we are not good enough to get a job, and that we may aswell give up now!

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Mike Morrison

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We have had mass unemployment before - remember the early 1980s - its not just about youth and education - but businesses ability to create jobs and employ people there are many people over 50 "unemployed" but wont show up on statistics as they have pensions etc.. What we should be doing it making it easier, my 15yr old wants pt work - but is not allowed due to most employers not touching people until they have completed their GCSEs (company policy) - its about making it easier to employ willing people, Its about building "general knowledge" and life skills - not learning how to pass a particular exam Its about allowing people to take risks Its about enabling people to run their own business easily - make it simple for young people Its about offering practical training & college education alongside work - remember "evening school" why have colleges stopped?

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Mark Walker

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Not Youth Unemployment - Youth Apathy. Successive Governments and a liberalist attitude towards many of societies subjects have created a state which wraps today's youths in cotton wool. They have been told for years 'It is not the winning but the taking part.' NO!...Winners [Action takers] are successful... The youth are handed certificates for failing, cash from banks to pay for flawed education at Universities that merely generates the Banks additional cash from thin air... [see: http://bit.ly/BanksDontLikeThis & http://bit.ly/BanksDontLikeThisEither ] and have been manipulated by media hypnosis of the false doom and gloom they face on a daily basis... In short, the youth of today look at the cost of buying a house, the average wage they can earn, the fact they can 'sponge' off the system and parents, the lack of 'system' created opportunites [jobs/apprenticeships/careers] and say 'Stuff-it!' I'll stay unemployed, surf the net, Blackberry my friends all day, hang around with my mates, eat, drink and still survive... They can not see any light, they are not aware they can and should create their OWN light...That's where I step in - http://www.urbanbusinessbuilder.com & http://www.turningpointseminar.co.uk This topic is very close to my heart - I spoke at The Youth Entrepreneur Summit in London late last year [2011] - Cheers Penny for an awesome topic!

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Nicholas Haines

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Some thoughts based on my experience. The way we assess students is designed by people of a certain Energy type. As a result they assess them in a certain way. The similar Energy types do well with this form of assessment and so are the ones that decide for the next generation how assessments are designed. And so the method of assessment continues. Those that don't assess well with this method are left with low levels of self-esteem and unless they are lucky enough to find their path or stumble upon their value they are left disaffected. This is a very difficult cycle to break as there is a vested interest in the academic world to keep the status quo. It is very very easy and cheap to measure peoples value based on their Energy type, allow them to understand their value, work out the best way to assess them and end up with young people that a empowered, know their value and see their way to contribute. The young people I work with love this method as they get to see how everyone of them is precious, just in a different way. All the best, Nick

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Kevin Chamberlain

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The system has failed. Gone are the days when factories opened their doors to the masses or national service entertained teenagers. Young people are just as great as they ever were, they really are! Believe in young people and acknowledge that we have an education system predicated on uniformity and academic inflation and know why so many youngsters struggle. Of course the ready availability of powerful drugs makes for some issues, but most will survive such dalliances. No, a smart system works out how to utilise resources and young people are a resource I'm counting on to pay for my retirement needs. The more effectively their strengths and skills are maximised the better my life and theirs will be. I've been in business most of my life but from time to time I have worked with disaffected young people and most can be reached.

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Sean O'Regan

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

My children, aged 14 and 15, have been educated in private and grammar schools, but are both looking at the vocational route for further education because they see it as a more appropriate route to their chosen careers. One would like to be a chef and the other a film maker so there is a lot of merit in their approach, but most children their age have no idea what they want to do and end up staying in education as the default option in the hope that they will end up with a vaguely useful qualification some time down the line. When I've employed people it's always been the self-starters who have impressed most; and these days there are fantastic opportunities for those who show some initiative. This may sound harsh, but as a nation we have enjoyed unprecedented good fortune over the last 50 years or so and are in danger of taking things for granted.

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Tim (Health Insurance) Chappell

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I have repeatedly attempted to employ youngsters on a payscale that is affordable to me, but I have found that their verbal and English Language skills together with basic arithmetic expertise falls far short of the basic standards required to support my business. I blame the parents ultimately for not encouraging and engaging with their children in their education. The only excuse I can think of is that the parents are not educated/motivated to help. Both of my sons come from a split family but they have both achieved high standards in their teaching careers. I am of course very proud of them! I understand that basic Arithmetic, English Language skills and social responsibility are now becoming commonplace in the educational curriculae with an added bonus that competition with winners and losers is coming back in vogue!

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Richard Sealtiel

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Great question Penny, from my perspective and certainly many people I talk to and more important listen to , it's about the fact that the country has a developed a culture of dependency, dependency on "others" to provide everything, from jobs, opportunity, money, education and on, all underpinned by a dependency on an enormous welfare state engendering a belief that the "others"or state will happily pay you to do nothing, to the point that the lifestyle of working is a choice now. You actually don't need to work, it's simply one of the possible choices rather than a necessity. Noticeably when immigrants go to a new country say the states, their eyes are filled with hope of a better future they can carve out themselves, their spiit comes alive and they work ferociously on finding and creating opportunity, in the case of the uk, that is simply one option, a good number come to see what they might take, it's not their fault it's an intoxicating proposition to go to a country that rewards its people to give p all responsibility. The answer to reigniting national pride, pride in work, taking responsibility for our actions and getting Britain building a worthwhile future for its self begins with Britain being honest with itself, and stopping sweeping these dificult to face challenges. I wish you great impact with your TV project

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Remi Badozi

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

As long as we continue to tell our children to study hard so they can get a good job, we will continue to have mass youth unemployment! The fact is that most of our youths are naturally talented and what most of them require is the right guidance to pursue a career that they will not only make money from but they will thoroughly enjoy doing. Most of them are pushed by adults in their lives to get a University degree when in actual fact they should be encouraged to pursue their dreams - whatever it is. A lot of them come out of university still not very comfortable pursuing the path they studied for 3 to 4 years.....if they are allowed to pursue their dreams they would most likely have become today's employers and not the unemployed!

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Mike Briercliffe

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Why do we have too much unemployment? Because policies over the years have led to a public-sector dominated economy with too little attention on productive job creation. And now we cant afford a public sector. We are a state-dependent nannified society. Not enough people realise that they could create their own jobs, they now only wait for others to do it for them. Why do we have too much YOUTH employment? Just read the first bit again.

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Dear Penny, Thank you so much for your great question. The reason why UK has mass youth unemployment resides in the commercial use of nuclear power. UK uses 17 percent of nuclear power for its electricity, Spain uses 20 percent and has a youth unemployment rate of 45 percent, the US uses 20 percent, Germany, that has decided to phase out from nuclear power used 27 percent before it closed down several of its nuclear power plants and since its economic growth rate is increasing and unemployment declined by 40 precent from five million to only three million unemployed! If we can reasonable argue that the military use of nuclear power, the atomic bomb, is a weapon of mass destruction, we also can argue, like the Geneva Call did, that the commercial use of nuclear power is a weapon of mass JOB destruction. "As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs - but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment." - President Barack Obama There is only one reason, why we use nuclear power, CORRUPTION! Nuclear corruption in Japan's government, industry and universitiesJapan's ministries were never intended to regulate industry. Rather, they were intended to promote it. This is a form of government known as the "capitalist development state," in which the state actively fosters the growth of selected industries through a partnership between industry and bureaucracy (ministries)….. Campaign cash from the electric power industry…. Given the strong pronuclear bias of Japan's electric power companies, this effectively guarantees Japanese government support for nuclear power….. The result is that the elite of Japan receives an education that is decidedly pronuclear, while research into the dangers of nuclear power is actively discouraged. Corrupted academics: The Japanese nuclear industry provides generous support to academic institutions and individual professors in order to influence their views on nuclear power. In Japan, the hight youth unempoyment is hidden behind a new kind of mental illness, called hikikomori, "acute social withdrawal", a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general as well as to people belonging to this societal group. We have to phase out from nuclear power if we want to avoid an exponential explosion of cases like Christchurch where the daily average of earth quakes since September 4th, 2010 now has reached 20 quakes! How can we ask our children to be caring when we ourselves show indifference to their fate? asks Yoko Ono in one of her tweets! We have to end mass youth unemployment and it starts with a global phaseing out of commercial use of nuclear energy Have a great and happy New Year of the Chinese Water Dragon! Best, Lucas

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Matt Hodkinson

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

One word ... Outsourcing! Service, and especially creative industries have been made available to a global audience by the internet, the marketing of which has been fuelled by the social web. In addition, this island nation, with it's lack of natural resources, was always going to suffer at the hands of emerging economies when it comes to the manufacturing sector. That's before you consider the volume of retail that has deserted the High Street in favour of online. In short, the opportunities have moved elsewhere ... yes, geographically, but more so to the digital marketplace. That's where youth needs to be, and until the education system acknowledges this on a wide scale basis, that figure will surely rise?!

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David Driscoll

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hello Penny Just been blogging about CCROSS (i made it up) Closed Controlling Random Open Selective Supportive. You may of heard of Thomas he has the same surname. Anyhow i'm sure you''ll bump into him. Unemployment. Tricky subject and the only solution is work. You could say uni, college, any other forms of studying is unemployment but for now lets not include education i feel this can add to unemployment, I'll tell you why. In lehman terms i hope. You study you don't need to work, how wrong is that and why shouldn't you work? Therefore many students take part time work retail is the industry that benefits hear. They employ students part time but many actually work 25+ hours a week. I know this. The industry abuses the knowledge they have to use people that need money leading to higher productivity. Why not who doesn't want to be reach. The obstacle is why students study and work the availability has gone for the person wanting a job. Obstacle number two; who wants to work in retail? Sign on live off the tax payer. Like mentioned above tricky. To finish this brief reply i don't want to work so i'm not going to. This is also wrong....Attitude, discipline, wanting to, need to, if you don't understand any of these then what's work?

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Jeff Mowatt

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We can point, as many do, to a culture of benefit dependence but it's not specific to the UK. 2004 was a critical year, with an impending crisis of debt and employment in the United States and a Presidential election coming up. I forwarded a fax to the man who might have been Vice-President warning of the risk of borrowing without taxation, the need to invest in social enterprise. At the same time were drawing attention to the same situation developing in the UK. We needed to stimulate rural economies in particular and broadband technology was seen to be the enabler, with a Community Benefit Society approach which invested in micro enterprise development. It had been proven in the wake of the economic crisis which hit Russia in 1998. In the end, we got Reboot Britain, Startup Britain, Race Online 2012 and finally Big Society but it was all to little, too late and too politicised..

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Ian Wright

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I think a contributory factor is that young people are not appropriately qualified for the limited number of jobs available; the UK is no longer a'mass employer' since industries of mass employment are largely diminished. We are fast becoming a nation where only the well qualified will have well-paid jobs. The young also lack many of the social skills required by employers.

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Fiona Brownsell

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny Most of the young people I know at University are also doing part-time menial jobs in pubs and bars and event waitressing. They don't seem any different to how we were 30+ years ago when I and my cohort were working hard to pay for ourselves to get through to our degrees. The big problem is when they want to get 'real' jobs after University. The jobs are not there and so they are looking desparately for interships in the summer break just to help them secure a real job once they have completed their degrees. The other young people I know who decided not to go to University are also working in various ways. One girl has been doing cleaning for about 5 different households so she can save for a travel year. Another is waitressing in a cafe while she looks for something with a future. Two more I know have emigrated to Australia where their job prospects are better. And before everyone piles in, my daughter went to the local comprehensive and she and her mates are not from any kind of elite; ranging from living in our local sink estate, through private rentals and home ownership. So maybe it's the parents example - all these friends of my daughter have working parents. There was never even a possibility that they wouldn't work. Most had jobs through secondary school too. What does worry us is that our hard working children will not get good jobs that allow them to have real careers like we had! In fact a lot of our talk is about how to stake them in setting up their own businesses and working freelance! So I guess my answer is that the jobs are not there - lending in the productive economy (manufacturing etc) was only 8% at the end of 2010, whereas lending to people to participate in the housing bubble was 40%. That's a lot of money just pushing up house prices compared to money that will create jobs!!!!!!!!!

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Maxwell Daymond

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

May I also add I graduated in Motorsports Engineering with an honours degree. I have a great work ethic and wanted to work - I was just never given the opportunity.

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Jon Wade

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Yes, education is good in some areas, but that is partly the problem isn't it? What is the point in ensuring that every child has an equal education? My memory of school (GCSE's 1988-1990) was that the sort of kids who would be most ideally suited to be learning manufacturing skills were relegated to the bottom classes in the "academic" subjects, where they spent their time causing trouble (OK, very generalised view point). If they were given more opportunities to learn useful skills and taught about the opportunities in industry then rather than locked in classrooms to learn Shakespeare and Land Reformation (or whatever we did in those days!) then maybe they would get better jobs. Of course, things may have changed a lot since I was at school. What happened to all the technical colleges? They all seem to focus on accountancy now. Also, the economy is an issue. I was talking with people in the healthcare industry (optometrists) the other week and they get hundreds of applications when the post a job, all from completely unqualified people. There are a lot of people out there fighting for the same jobs and sometimes a few years experience, being a little older and wiser, gives a person the edge over a school leaver.

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John L. Evans

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We have a culture built on a protestant work ethic - that means you work for someone else - rather than create an income / be entrepreneurial - people don't know how to start businesses they know how to apply for jobs. We have an educated workforce (graduates who feel they're worth more), taking the best jobs anyway. The semi- / unskilled work is being taken by Eastern Europeans & others) - many with graduate qualifications themselves, but most with a better work ethic/attitude. That squeezes out the middle - those who would have worked in services, construction and manufacturing because those sectors - retail, construction and manufacturing are shrinking .... There will also be fewer school leavers taking on £9k / annum university courses, instead looking for work. There is less art, sport, etc. sponsorship. General taxation can make working (as opposed to living on benefits (& crime)) unattractive. Living on the proceeds of crime is getting harder as the money supply in the susceptible classes shrinks. Also ploice detection rates are improving and (it is reported) crime levels are dropping. Lots of NGOs and Not for Profits have folded / gone. Public sector is shrinking. Over 60's are being encouraged to work longer - removal of statutory retirement age. More people in the workforce. Tory government.... I could go on... :) . IMHO

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James Hawkins

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Penny, There is high youth unemployment throughout Europe: the UK is (just) below the average. The picture is also not quite as bleak as you suggest. The last official figures show 1.02m unemployed in the 16-24 age group of whom 286,000 are in full-time education. I suspect there are many different causes in combination, among them: Companies have made fewer redundancies than in previous recessions Lack of relevant education and skills Attitude issues. I've noticed working with schools over the last few years that children are increasingly struggling to concentrate on anything other than their phones Competition from Eastern European workers who are prepared to work for less 18 year olds choosing not to go to University due to the high fees (applications about 20000 down) Hope that helps. Regards, Jim

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Maxwell Daymond

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I left university with an honours degree in June last year. I applied for countless jobs as did my fellow graduates - none of us were even offered interviews. With more and more people looking for work it's the experienced candidates that are chosen, the new blood is swept aside for a lesser role or nothing at all. Rather than becoming a statistic of unemployment I started my own business - I've never felt happier and I'm working towards a successful independent future where I don't have to rely on the unstable job market - I am my own boss and always will be.

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Paula MacArthur

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

An interesting family debate in the MacArthur household ensues... Suggestions Schools do not educate you to "get a job" (from my 11 year old son - smart kid.) Lack of positive role models. It is too easy to claim benefits which is marvellous for anyone intrinsically lazy (from ex- military husband for whom sloth is the greatest evil) The culture of instant gratification, celebrity and instant fame encourages us to believe that we can become rich/famous without working really hard - "starting at the bottom" is not sexy. ...and the debate continues..

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Tony Waithe

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny, So glad to read that you are diving into the problem to find solutions for the Youths of tomorrow! Earlier I had a similar discussion with Carolyn Williams about the the art of communication skills and this is what I wrote; I've worked with well over 10,000 teenage students since 1999, when I started giving seminars at schools & colleges in and around London. What made my sessions successful were the amount of fun we all had talking about subjects which mattered to each and everyone of them. I remember a few yrs ago when a teacher told me that I may have a difficult time with a particular group I would be working with because they had in her words "a short attention span", but I proved that teacher totally wrong by the end of that session because I demonstrated that all that group needed was to feel included & not excluded. That group of students were certainly a lively bunch but I enjoyed the jokes & laughter with them & still delivered the subject which was scheduled. The test for me was to find out what was it that would really get their attention (what were their interests or topics of discussion) then communicate with them on their level of understanding & still be able to deliver the curriculum I was asked to share with the students. I was publicly thanked for my services to schools in 2009 at the House of Lord's by the Enterprise Education Trust & NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). I did something I believe most of us adults can do if we really want to apply ourselves. Its many adults who have switched off in the name of self realisation but its those same adults who can switch right back on in the name of unification & before they know it they will have started something really special for themselves, society & our future. I hope you agree ?

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Norman Howard

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Too many reasons to say, too many factors to unpick... ... some educational (and higher educational), some to do with the balance of the economy, some possibly to do with the population age profile... Clearly, though, if less money were channelled into top peoples remuneration and more into investing in the future, there could be more opportunities for those able enough to grasp them.

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Georgina Lester

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

A contributing factor, I feel is that this generation has been borne from ones that are confused and very much between two worlds. Imagine the war years and those that followed shortly after where scarcity, job security and insecurity about the future was often foremost in people's minds. This no doubt fueled fears and anxieties promoting the need to cling to long term labels and a status that was perceived to be secure. It was a culture of "make your bed and then lie on it" for the rest of your working life. Careers were about alliances with (or enslavement to) companies who promised to be there for ever. Today society's demands are very different. Everything is so much more fluid, fast moving and very changeable. Job security is a thing of the past instead we have a culture which is dependent on people as individuals and their contribution to the various collectives they merge with for the time the relationships prove useful and productive. Average time spent in a job is miniscule compared to the 1950's. In my mind, I believe that essentially the previous generations are ill-equipped to guide the new kids on the block because they don't understand the landscape that has emerged in recent years. Some adapt to it very well but the majority struggle. Getting a job, from what I have witnessed with the few young people around me would have been a relatively straight forward thing. Now though it is a struggle with demoralising demons who are determined to prove just how worthless they are. In my generation expectations matched with what was available and whilst there was still unemployment issues, everyone knew the process and the system. Now, it seems to me that for anyone to get a job it is much more about learning how to market yourself, taking responsibility for career choices and having enough ambition/gumption to be persistent enough to prove your worth. Not everyone can actually manage to do that. If those who are helping the younger members of our society can't understand it then how can they show anyone else? How can traditionally minded job centre employees demonstrate that individuals regardless of age or education can find other ways of finding employment? The youth can lack confidence in themselves and this is fed by the uncertainty of those guiding them. They need leadership. They need to believe in themselves and the fact that they can add value to their families, community, society and the future of humanity. I also believe that they need channels, tools, resources and focus providing them with what they need to find their own unique talents so that they can market themselves to a hungry audience desperate for their skills. Until that is addressed, I think that they will continue to float in an amorphous mass, until a catalyst causes a change. The catalyst will have an effect the questions are what will that catalyst be, what change will happen and how will it affect everyone else? There is also the issue of get rich quick, lottery win mentality promoted by X-Factor, Britain's Got Talent and other such programmes. They promote a very false hope that all you have to do is get on a stage once or twice and you can hit the big time with all the glitz and glamour of a celebrity lifestyle. This is a false dream for the vast majority. I believe that we all need to promote a culture of encouraging people to go for achievable dreams that are right for them and their particular skills and talents. Everyone has a role that they can play. Everyone is unique, it is just a case of finding out how we can help them find out where their place is in the world giving them pride in who they are, a sense of belonging and an ability to give back to society feeding future generations. I have no doubts that the Ecademy community will bring some very insightful thoughts and suggestions.

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Ian Ross

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Tractors (and machines in general) + education system which creates drones and helplessness (as opposed to leaders and entrepreneurs) + baby boom (not enough space being vacated in the pool of workers) = mass youth unemployment

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Paul Hughes

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Pupils are taught to pass exams and consequently do not to believe in themselves. Having spoken to over 12000 secondary school students over the past 2-3 years I personally believe this is a major cause. Have a great weekend Regards Paul

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BRIAN MULLIS

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hate to say it - but I think we are just going to have to get used to working for free for awhile! I met a 22 year old biz grad at a do between Chris and NY; he was under absolutely no illusion about his 'luck' in gaining a job with an accountancy firm. His chums are going on for 'Masters' - spelt F I L L E R . I have other chums - who are coming to the end of their univ. stint - who are very worried about their prospects. This was simply unheard of when I left SCHOOL in 1969. There was a thing called apprenticeship, which Thatcher killed about 12 years later. So there's another possible reason .

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Mark Lee

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Hi Penny In haste: Attitudes of the youth and of prospective employers. Attitudes of youth: "World owes me a living". Unfamiliarity with workplace responsibilities. Unwillingness to conform re dress/tatts/piercings/makeup/hair etc. Unaware of the need to satisfy employer that the applicant will work hard and do their best with commitment and enthusiasm etc. Unable to structure CV to make themselves stand out and look employable. Failure to craft CV to get interview. (Too many people, youth too I guess, think CV is about getting the job. It's not) Attitudes of prospective employers Perception that youth have the attitudes noted above. Bad experiences of youngsters employed todate. Unwillingness to pay payroll tax of employers NICs FEAR of being sued for failing to employ someone after interviewing them - may be sued for perceived (or fabricated) discrimination. Leads to time wasted, legal fees and more. FEAR of being unable to get rid of underperforming young staff due to employment legislation that is perceived to favour the cheating employee against the fair employer. Even if the law changes perceptions will not change overnight. NB: I would imagine these fears are more common among more sophisticated and experienced employers Mark

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CARLTON HENRY

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

There has been a major growth in UK population and Youth unemployment figures are results of a growing population and scarcity of jobs and old fashioned apprenticeships and the shift from employment and companies that need youths..Only youth who are well educated or with the qualifications or experience to get the roles available, within the shift and change in from factories and manufacture to a service delivery,customer service and knowledge based industries. .The structure of Education in Schools needs to shift and change towards the Global changes within the workplace,allowing youths training and experience and an insight into the requirements needed to access the job roles available...

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Duncan Gledhill

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

We have high youth unemployment because we no longer manufacture things. Factories employed young men, women worked to look after the home and family. The factories shut down, the price of things went up, the women went out to find work. Therefore less opportunities for young people to work. Also, because things went up in price people have to work into old age to afford basic things like fuel and food - these jobs have therefore gone and so again, less opportunities for young people. I live in a farming community - there are no young people working in the village.

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George Cossey

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Poor education is too much of a general term. I have a thirteen year old granddaughter who is receiving an excellent education and doing very well, this is partly due to good parenting, but she has always been keen to learn and many of the current crop have not had encouragement to do this. Legislation does not encourage small businesses to employ youg people, in fact the costs and paerwork are prohibitive. Many youngsters now see celebrity as the way forward and dirty trades suchy as engineering are shunned. This isn't new my headmaster refrused me a reference w2hen I left schoool as in his opinion Grammar School boys did not go into trade.

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Yilin Yuan

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

I'm currently a second yr student who is looking for summer internship. the career adivsor in uni told us like last yr, PwC got 100 + vacancies but didnt get the people that they are looking for. For myself, I got good results for my first yr, still not enough to get me an internship. I joined like different training programs outside uni, which can help me with different skills more or likely the education teaching in traditional way... the economics recession may be a another reason...but seems it is getting worse..so difficult to get a job now... Carolyn

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David Law

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The problem is much deeper than blaming it all on the current economic situation I beleive it is more deep rooted and goes back to a failing in our schools. It is worth remembering that one hat does not fit all as the current school curriculum beleives we need to discover at a much earlier age what a child is good at, not all children will excell at maths or the sciences some will be creative some might be good at manufacturing. If we discover their strengths at an early age we can allow them to leave school with the necessary skills to persue their dreams.

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Jon Wade

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

Probably because for years the emphasis has been on pushing people through the university system to ensure that there is a high calibre of employee for the service sector. This has led to a skills shortage for more traditional manufacturing / blue-collar worker labour jobs. Many young people are leaving school without the qualifications needed to go on to higher education and made to feel like failures before they have even started job hunting. Maybe many people simply do not want to lower themselves to do more basic work. The best people to ask are the young people who are out of work though! A few months back there was an interesting discussion on this on Question Time. Just after the riots I think.

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BRIAN MULLIS

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

The devaluation of the country's general education over the past 40 years.

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Martin Dewhurst

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Why do you think we have mass youth unemployment?

It would be interesting to see the split between boys and girls. I do see the potential for motivation and self discipline to be inspired in young people. A national service type programme would provide such a structure and rather than this being pointed towards military outcomes it could very usefully be pointed towards environmental, social and community outcomes. A benefits culture breeds a benefits culture.

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