Youth Unemployment; How well is the UK government addressing the issue?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Abstract The aim of this investigation was to test whether the UK government is currently doing enough to target the problem of youth unemployment. Through the use primary data in the form questionnaire’s, participants between the age of 18-24 were randomly selected to give information on their current position within the labour market and to discuss any issues they have had in finding employment. Secondly, an interview with an experienced manager in a local Jobcentre was carried out to gain a further understanding of the current mis-match between employers and young people to further determine the causes of youth unemployment in the UK. Once the causes were fully determined and researched, an investigation into the current policies being implemented by the UK government was undertaken where the policies were critically evaluated to determine if they were sufficiently targeting the problem and to see how effective they had been. The overall findings of this investigation were that although youth unemployment has been steadily decreasing since the policies were initiated, they are not sufficiently targeting the main causes of youth unemployment found through the research. The problem is far more structural that first assumed and extreme reform of both labour market policy and the education system is required if the current youth population in the UK are not to become a ‘lost generation.’
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