Blackburn graduate joins Paloma Faith to sing battle cry for young jobless at Houses of Parliament

Blackburn Citizen: Ava Patel Ava Patel

AN East Lancashire graduate struggling to find a job has teamed up in Westminster with a chart-topping celebrity to voice her concerns over youth unemployment.

Singing outside the Houses of Parliament with Paloma Faith, unemployed Ava Patel from Blackburn, carried out the protest as the Tory Party Conference got under way.

Ava and 13 ‘Battlefront’ campaigners sang while filming for the Channel 4 series.

A former Witton Park High School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar pupil, Ava left Nottingham Trent university two years ago with a degree in journalism and has been looking for work ever since. She said: “I know what it is like being unemployed when all you want to do is work.

“It is completely demoralising. You leave university with all the hopes and dreams and they are smashed into pieces.

“I was claiming JSA and doing work experience and it was awful. I knew that I wanted to be involved with Battlefront campaign because I was passionate about it. I got in touch and hopefully I have started the ball rolling.”

As part of the ‘Youth Voice Collective’, the 23-year-old aims to to get youth unemployment to the top of the political agenda. She said: “The government need to realise what young people face when they leave education. You can’t get a job because you don’t have experience so you are in a vicious circle.

“Awareness needs to be raised in schools too and children need guidance.”

Paloma Faith, who is aiming to raise awareness of youth unemployment, also struggled to find work after university. Ava added: “Unemployment affects more people than you think and it was great to hear it from Paloma herself.

“She was passionate and wanted to listen to what we had to say.

“Hopefully we can now raise the issue and give young people the work and skills they deserve.”

Currently more than one million 18-24 year olds are jobless across the UK.

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1:01pm Wed 10 Oct 12

district01 says...

There you have it . . .
Tony Blair said go to university towards a specialised trade then try and get a job afterwards?


But . . .
I need a electrician!
I need a bricklayer!
I need a plumber!
I need a carpenter!
I need a decorator!

I don’t need a journalist!

Where are the trades that we need?
All I see advertised for what I need are self trained concerns!

Good working apprentice schemes are what we need instead of degrees where experience is the first requirement to do that job.

Simple!

PS - Nice red sweater though?
There you have it . . . Tony Blair said go to university towards a specialised trade then try and get a job afterwards? But . . . I need a electrician! I need a bricklayer! I need a plumber! I need a carpenter! I need a decorator! I don’t need a journalist! Where are the trades that we need? All I see advertised for what I need are self trained concerns! Good working apprentice schemes are what we need instead of degrees where experience is the first requirement to do that job. Simple! PS - Nice red sweater though? district01
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1:54pm Wed 10 Oct 12

mavrick says...

I am sure she would be better off looking for work in London rather than singing to the government. Was she actively seeking work if she is on JSA?
I do hope she gets through to this class dividing government. I don't think it will make a jot of difference. This country needs a general strike to make this lot listen.
I am sure she would be better off looking for work in London rather than singing to the government. Was she actively seeking work if she is on JSA? I do hope she gets through to this class dividing government. I don't think it will make a jot of difference. This country needs a general strike to make this lot listen. mavrick
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4:44pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Twicki1 says...

That's the problem, everyone goes to uni and studies what they like the look of but forgets to check if there is any demand for that career!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's the problem, everyone goes to uni and studies what they like the look of but forgets to check if there is any demand for that career!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Twicki1
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