Prospects for young people ‘grim’ says Hyndburn MP

Blackburn Citizen: Prospects for young people ‘grim’ says Hyndburn MP Prospects for young people ‘grim’ says Hyndburn MP

‘THE prospects for many young people are grim’.

That was the message from Hyndburn MP Graham Jones as he accused the government of ‘shrinking’ the apprenticeship programme.

The Labour whip said: “With Britain facing a cost-of-living crisis we need to grow the apprenticeship programme – but instead the Tory-led government is shrinking it.

“Under David Cameron, the number of apprenticeships for young people has gone down. David Cameron says things are getting better, but for many young people the prospects are grim.”

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7:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Kevin, Colne says...

Mr Jones is correct but the grimness is structural.

Young people are facing a very different and difficult employment environment when compared to my generation that enjoyed full employment, relative job security along with clear career prospects, adequate pension provision and some degree of bargaining power.
Much of this has weakened, and some has almost vanished.

Technological change is re-ordering the employment market but for many the idea of a job for life is a distant prospect. Many organisations have flatter structures so that career ladders are either shorter or non-existent. Pension provision is often poor and even in the public sector this has deteriorated sharply. Crucially, in many industries and sectors labour – workers – has lost its bargaining power.

All of this places new and extraordinary burdens and challenges upon parents. It is very unfortunate that we have mainstream political parties intent on making matters worse, but in a way they have to deliver our children into serfdom in order to maintain economic activity. What I find puzzling is the number of parents and grand-parents willing to support this madness.
Mr Jones is correct but the grimness is structural. Young people are facing a very different and difficult employment environment when compared to my generation that enjoyed full employment, relative job security along with clear career prospects, adequate pension provision and some degree of bargaining power. Much of this has weakened, and some has almost vanished. Technological change is re-ordering the employment market but for many the idea of a job for life is a distant prospect. Many organisations have flatter structures so that career ladders are either shorter or non-existent. Pension provision is often poor and even in the public sector this has deteriorated sharply. Crucially, in many industries and sectors labour – workers – has lost its bargaining power. All of this places new and extraordinary burdens and challenges upon parents. It is very unfortunate that we have mainstream political parties intent on making matters worse, but in a way they have to deliver our children into serfdom in order to maintain economic activity. What I find puzzling is the number of parents and grand-parents willing to support this madness. Kevin, Colne
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2:51pm Sat 15 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Prospects for all ages are grim not just the young!
Prospects for all ages are grim not just the young! DoggydogNo1
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