Funny how youth unemployment started creeping up just around the time when they started to scrap the student grant - and students in (what should be full time education) had to get jobs to keep themselves alive. A massive pool of jobs for young people went right there. Then year after year, starved of Government funding the whole further educational and training system itself became a money-grubbing free-for-all. Want to learn a trade? Fine. Go to a FE college – that'll be £XXX in tuition fees then. No money to pay that? Go away then. Oh yes – then maybe the Employers will help fund the cost of training with apprenticeships? Oh no, they couldn't be asked – not when they can get a load of eager young already trained and fully qualified workers direct from Poland. (Where the state pays for their education – d'oh. See the flaw in the logic there?)
The whole system is a complete mess with no joined up thinking at any stage of the way. But there's one thing you can rely on the poor are going to get punished for being poor – and words like 'work shy', 'lazy' and 'moral collapse' are going to thrown around like confetti by the politicians and right wing media because that's a lot easier and cheaper than tackling the problem properly.
Rise in young people claiming JSA - Telegraph