UK unemployment drops but Jobseeker's Allowance claimants are on the rise

The problem with statistics is that they can always be skewed to suit an argument. If Smarta were on it's soap box, it would point to recent government statistics showing that the number of job-seekers in Britain out of work for over a year has reached a fourteen-year high. Students have been pinpointed as a group causing particular concern. Fodder, surely for the 'lost generation' argument?

British students can no longer take a university degree as a guarantee of landing jobs. Some 20% of last year's graduates still remain unemployed. With university places at a premium, and with over 200,000 potential students failing to secure a university place, how can we prevent more young people from falling into the jobs gap?

Liz Field, CEO of the Financial Skills Partnership believes that we need to find another solution to the unemployment issue, beyond the basic 'Sign on for Jobseeker's Allowance' route.

She says, "An increasing number of people are looking to alternative means into employment and training. Businesses in the financial services industry are constantly on the lookout for new talent and they are turning to alternative entry routes as a means of accessing wider talent pools - through apprenticeships and school leaver programmes."

The FSP has been holding discussions with government to tackle the problem of unemployment. Field says, "There is a need for young people to get early exposure to the world of work, through quality work experience placements and business education in schools so that their career prospects and aspirations are significantly raised from an early age and they are better prepared for the world of work."

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