UK Unemployment drops, but more needs to be done to get young people into work
Unemployment in the UK has fallen, but the amount of young people out of work has risen. So what can the construction industry do help to address this issue.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that unemployment dropped in the first three months of 2011 and stands at 2.48 million people, down by 17,000 from last Autumn.
While unemployment is down overall, it is still a concerning issue with young people, with unemployment figures among 16-24 year olds standing at 963,000, which is around 1 in 5 young adults.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “These figures are another step in the right direct direction.”
Yes, the news is positive but it still hasn’t improved the situation of young people looking for work.
That’s why apprenticeships are the way forward. The government have announced they intend to create thousands more apprenticeships for trainee plumbers, electricians and those in construction, but how long will this take?
Charlie Mullins, founder of London-based Pimlico Plumbers, wrote on his blog today about how to solve the problem. Charlie wrote:
“The government needs to offer Employer’s Incentives to allow them to take on apprentices. Our Apprenticeship Proposal Scheme suggests that the employer uses Job Seekers Allowance as a contribution towards a minimum wage salary and to give a 3 year NIC break to any employer taking on an unemployed person as an apprentice.
This three year plan will reduce youth unemployment and as a result the country has a skilled worker who a tax payer is no longer costing the country in benefits.”
The government stated in their last Budget that 40,000 new apprenticeships will be created this year, with an extra 100,000 work experience placements.
Posted on April 14, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician jobs, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged Apprenticeship, Budget 2011, Charlie Mullins, Chris Grayling, construction apprenticeship, construction jobs, electrician apprenticeship, Employment, Office for National Statistics, Pimlico Plumbers, plumbing apprenticeship, t4ts, train 4 trade skills, train4tradeskills, UK unemployment, Unemployment. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.