Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says youth unemployment “isn’t just an unforgivable economic waste – it’s a human tragedy too” in a speech underlining the government’s commitment to tackling the issue.
He was speaking yesterday (27 June) at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) Job Summit.
This also comes the week after severe criticism for the government
around this issue from The Work Foundation and the Trades Union Congress (TUC), as reported by recruiter.co.uk
He said that the government is “taking every step possible to energise the economy”, but recognised that there is always a challenge “helping the young men and women who struggle to break into the labour market – whether it is in good health or not”.
The speech also saw Clegg announcing further initiatives within the government’s Youth Contract, launched in April of this year
, whereby it will be particularly targeting certain ‘hotspots’, which will be published in full later, although he notes: “They’re where you’d expect them to be: the Midlands, the North, South Wales, parts of Scotland.”
Concluding the speech, Clegg said: “It’s our duty – this generation’s duty – to give each of them a chance and to give each of them back their hope.”