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Youth Unemployment: Short-term fixes and long-term needs

Youth Unemployment: Short-term fixes and long-term needs

Thursday, 10 May 2012
10:00 - 11:30
21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


• Rt. Hon David Miliband
• Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive, Private Equity Foundation
• Neil Lee, Senior Economist, The Work Foundation
• David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling
• Chaired by Ian Brinkley, Director, The Work Foundation

The Work Foundation was honoured to be joined by The Rt Hon David Miliband MP and Shaks Gosh, Chief Executive of the Private Equity Foundation for this event, part of The Work Foundation’s Missing Million research programme.

David Miliband spoke as a senior politician, but also as MP for South Shields, a coastal town near Newcastle experiencing acute youth unemployment problems. We hope other senior politicians follow David’s lead in devoting time and attention to this urgent and thorny problem. Speaking to a packed room, David argued that the Government’s plans will only help a minority of the young people affected. He suggested that in the short-term young people should receive help with transport costs; many cannot afford to travel to jobcentres, to job interviews, or to training courses. Also discussed at the event were the strengths of the German system (where businesses, universities and Government all assume responsibility for helping young people make the transition into work), and the confusing and fragmented nature of the services offered to young people.


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