As the latest unemployment figures are announced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today, Action for Children, says that more needs to be done for vulnerable young people, particularly those with no or poor qualifications.
Whilst overall the figures have gone down, the analysis published today by IPPR shows that while the graduate unemployment rate up to the end of 2012 stood at almost 13 per cent, among those without good GCSEs it was almost 35 per cent, and worse still, 41 per cent for those with no qualifications at all.
Emma Scowcroft, Policy Manager at Action for Children said: “We agree with the IPPR that for the vulnerable young people who have no qualifications at all the future is deeply concerning, and sadly we’re still seeing many who don't have jobs, or who aren't able to access education, accessing our support every day.
"Many vulnerable young people have to face obstacles that most adults would find too much to bear. They may be living in poverty or experiencing neglect on a daily basis, as a result, this puts employment and education opportunities even further out of reach.
“These young people need to be given a fighting chance. We know that with targeted and timely support we can address their needs and offer the stability and consistency needed to open up opportunities to the right education, training programmes, and jobs.
"We know supported training programmes like Action for Children’s Youthbuild can transform their lives for the better, and can save society huge amounts of money in the long term.”
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