Clampdown on Youth Unemployment Puts Emphasis on Career Choice over Unskilled Labour

Youth UnemploymentUnemployment has been a factor for years, and the coalition government has made it clear that youth unemployment is a top priority. However, they still struggle to address the issue and continue to force youths into unskilled labour jobs, with more support for businesses, and little to no effort to financially reward the work that is being done.

The latest announcement comes as no surprise that there will be an end put to young people leaving full-time education and going straight towards claiming unemployment benefits. While it is an effort to end a workless culture, it’s not something that’s going to result in anywhere near a solution.

If times past has taught us anything, it’s that announcements that young people out of work for longer than six months, must be on a work experience program, or educational course towards employment… it’s that businesses will take advantage of that by employing people on short term contracts, with no long term prospects. You only have to look at previous reports of major businesses, such as Tesco, and Poundland, to see back-to-work incentives being exploited to benefit a company’s bottom line.

Leaving school without a job is going to result in financial difficulties. Yet, leaving school with an unskilled job is going to lead to employment difficulties further down the line. It’s clear cut that out of work benefits are being targeted heavily.

The recession has hit the country bad, and poor budget management has only lead to further economic problems. That’s now seeing multiple problems addressed with no solutions on offer for families living in poverty.

Most of which now, are working families, earning less than the state supported welfare payments for those above the age of 24, without any children. (According to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

The only way to guarantee you aren’t living in poverty is to take control of your career

Leaving full-time education to go into an apprenticeship program, setting you up with a skill for life, is the ideal way to future proof your career. However, leaving school at 16 for a job stacking shelves isn’t the best way to be going. Later in your life, probably sooner rather than later, you will be revising the “what if” issue.

  • What if you did get a certain qualification?
  • Would it have made a difference?

There’s nothing worse than living a life full of regrets. Or with any regret for that matter. The worst time those can creep up on you is when you’re out of a job, and let’s face it… the longer you’re out a job, the harder it is to get on the bandwagon.

There’s no point in tempting fate.

The only person who can take control of your financial security is you. Welfare is diminishing, becoming increasing more difficult to access for those who really need it, when between jobs.

Currently, for those out of work for longer than six-months can see you put on any training course, to encourage you back into the work place. That training is whatever any company requires in their needs for personnel. It does not take into account your personal career objectives.

So long as people are working and paying their taxes, that’s all that matters. The amount you earn, the job satisfaction you get from your job, the possibilities to further your career etc. are all factors that only you can work to improve. Independence is critical for financial security.

The more you earn, the more you can save.

This one is crucial for survival in today’s economy. Who knows, there may even come a time when you can insure your wage?

At present though, only you can do that. Earning more, and putting a little away can prevent you from relying on financial support. Ideally, three months should be long enough to find a new job, when you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being unemployed.

A few months of wages could tide you through what could be a difficult time. While it’s up for debate about whether that should have to be done, or not, it’s certainly an easier solution to feeling as though you’re begging for handouts from a government in crisis.

The thing with unskilled jobs is that anyone can do them. While schemes exist to turn those into so-called training opportunities, to encourage young people back into employment, they are open to manipulation. Your career isn’t. When you have a qualification, leading to a certified profession or any type of skilled work… you’re going to find your job prospects increased, with less force being put on you to take any type of work for less than minimum wage.

Putting the power in your corner, and an emphasis on working towards career progression, enhancing your skills profile, making you more attractive to any business in the field you choose to specialise in. Don’t settle for less when you can train to become anything you want to become.