TUC voice discontent over NEETS
Those looking for a job or planning to continue in education and training are facing the toughest outlook since 1994, the TUC has warned.
The union association has expressed their anxiety over the mounting levels of long-term unemployment, condemning the government for cutting financial provision, especially for students.
Ahead of new unemployment figures set to be published, the report by the TUC reveals that more than one in five young people from 16- to 24 were out of work, considerably higher than in 1992, when the rate was 16 per cent.
When the recession started in 2008, prospects for those not in education, employment or training worsened and have been at high levels ever since. Nearly 500,000 young people have been out of work for at least six months, leaving them under-achieving before their career has even started.
General secretary Brendan Barber said: "Students looking to start their careers or continue in their education next month are facing the toughest climate for nearly 20 years.
"It's particularly worrying that long-term joblessness for young people is still rising, even as overall unemployment falls. If this continues we could lose a generation of talented and highly qualified youngsters to blighted careers, debt and under-achievement.
"Ministers should be doing everything they can to help young people but so far all they've done is cut vital financial support for college students and price people out of university. Jobs support has been scrapped, scaled back and then reinstated on the cheap. This is no sensible way to help young people into work or education."