Failing to invest in youngsters today could permanently scar career prospects

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date: 22 February 2012

embargo: For immediate release

Responding to the Office for National Statistics' analysis of the characteristics of young unemployed people today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Today's figures show the importance of higher qualifications in helping young people into work. But with ministers putting up fresh barriers to higher education by hiking tuition fees and scrapping the EMA, the scar of mass joblessness that is hitting today's youngsters could follow some of them into their late 20s or even 30s.

'The government's cut-price work experience scheme is woefully ill-equipped to deal with the scale of our jobs crisis. Young people need tailored support and experience of proper paid jobs to give them the best possible chance of moving into work.

'Failing to provide this investment is hurting young people today and is going to cost us all in the long run.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The ONS analysis is available at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lmac/characteristics-of-young-unemployed-people/2012/rpt-characteristics-of-young-unemployed-people.html

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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Media enquiries:
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E: media@tuc.org.uk
Rob Holdsworth T: 020 7467 1372 M: 07717 531150 E: rholdsworth@tuc.org.uk

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