Perspective, a leading UK provider of education tracking software, believes current youth unemployment schemes are over complicated and are in fact having an adverse effect, leading to an increase in youth unemployment figures.
Perspective’s comments come in light of the recent release of figures from the LGA. LGA’s research found that the £15 billion system was ‘awash with different strategies and age ranges’ and as such is proving overly complicated. The LGA also cited the growth in ‘core-neets’ – young people who weren’t in education, employment or training for more than 12 months as an indication that current training schemes were failing.
David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA’s children and young people board, said: "The growing number of core-neets is particularly frustrating for councils, which have a responsibility to look after the welfare of all young people in their area but are restricted in their ability to do so by nationally driven approaches that are failing to get to grips with local issues.”
LGA’s findings suggested that 13 to 24-year-olds, on average, received support from at least eight different national organisations that funded 33 employment schemes across 13 age boundaries. It is this over servicing of available roles and options for young people has led to confusion among young people and the eventual growth in youth unemployment.
Paul Davis, managing director of individual learning plan provider Perspective, commented: “Clearly more needs to be done to lower the ever-increasing level of youth unemployment in the UK. Although £15 billion may have been set aside for schemes to lower unemployment levels, the providers of these schemes need to simplify their availability to encourage as many young people as possible to find work and reverse this growing trend.”
Perspective is a leading provider of learning management software to the UK education market. For more information, please visit www.perspective-uk.com or call 0121 506 9540.
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