John Cridland, director-general of the CBI, called on the government and businesses to invest and support today’s youth by providing them with the viable skills and opportunities they require to get into employment.
Cridland said: “Youth unemployment has been rising since 2004, so it’s clear that a return to growth alone will not be enough to tackle the underlying causes of the problem. Unemployment blights lives. Imbalances in the economy – and between regions – mount up further, and the costs of those millions of people being out of work run into billions of pounds each and every year. The result is sharp divides between the haves and have-nots and across generational lines”.
The CBI combines the thoughts of 240,000 individual businesses and represents a third of the entire private sector workforce and constitutes as the
The Action for Jobs report and initiative was developed in October 2011 by CBI and, nine months on, it has published an evaluation of the progress the report has made. It highlights how the £1 billion Youth Contract is in the developmental stages and despite the Government slashing the growth of Apprenticeship and stabilising the minimum wage for youth employees, further changes are still required to help today’s youth.
The Action for Jobs report demands that reviews and modifications are made to
“There are 47 different employment initiatives for employers in
“Busy firms need the whole process to be easier to navigate. Business will step up, but government has to meet it halfway. If ever there was a case of not being able to see the wood for the trees, this is it. Confusion dilutes well-intentioned policies and the impact they should have and we cannot have our young people being denied life-changing opportunities.”