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Ray Auvray, the head of a leading UK provider of employment, education and training services for young people, today urged the government to adopt a four point action plan to tackle record youth unemployment.
Mr Auvray, who is executive chairman of Prospects, said the 1.02 million jobless 16 to 24-year-olds was an “appalling statistic.”
“But more than that, it represents a real tragedy for the young people and their families, who face the depressing prospect of months – and in some cases, years - of fruitless job seeking and frustration. It also represents a real cost to the nation’s economy.”

He urged the Government to adopt a Four-Point Action Plan to reduce the jobless total:

1 A new face-to-face guidance service for all 16-25 year-olds, focusing on work and training

2 Opening up the government’s Work Programme to young people from the age of 16,...

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