‘Youth unemployment has gone on long enough’ is the message being sent out today in Manchester by a charity dedicated to helping young people in the workplace.
The organisation is launching its 1979-themed poster campaign ‘Rathbone Gets Young People Working’, an echo of the iconic Saatchi poster used during Thatcher’s race for the PM office, today in Manchester.
Paul Fletcher, Rathbone’s Development Director, said: “Although recession has propelled youth joblessness to record levels, it is not new and has been with us since the 1970’s.”
Youth unemployment in the UK rose to 22% in January. There are currently just under 6,000 unemployed youths in Manchester.
At the conference, Mr Fletcher will suggest solutions to the long standing problem. He wants more work experience placements to be provided for school children, along with CV writing classes and for schools to stage mock-interviews to let children practice their technique.
The plan also includes introducing tax breaks for businesses as an incentive to provide job opportunities for young people who are searching for work.
Mr Fletcher commented: “For the sake of all those who have shown remarkable resilience in their quest for employment, enabling our next generation to get jobs should be the aim of all of us. Let our legacy be: we helped our young into work.”