And so it appears, despite recent forecasts by the IMF predicting that the UK economy this year will be the fastest growing in G7, we are still lagging behind our counterparts when it comes to tackling employment issues in our young people. Research by think-tank The Work Foundation has identified that joblessness among 16-24 year old is as high as 25% in some UK black spots, and that the national average of nearly one in five compares unfavourably to the German national average of just 8.6%. The full article can be read in the Daily Telegraph here.
Of course, this begs many questions, and it would certainly be interesting to learn more about how this problem is being tacked more successfully in other countries. But whilst the research itself identifies our high cost of housing and poor public transport links as two reasons why are young people are unable to access opportunities, you may be interested to read its recommendations for change; youth transition partnerships to bring together schools, colleges and local organisations. Sound familiar, anyone?