In the news yesterday there was outrage at the recent unemployment figures, 2.57 million unemployed – the highest in 17 years.
“Disappointing” said one Mr Cameron. Wrong word Mr Cameron, you meant to say “Disgusting” surely?
Just under a million of the unemployed are aged between 16 – 24 years old. Radio One interviewed a 19 year old boy who had worked hard at school, left with 14 GCSE’s (12 A Grades) but has not had a single months paid work since leaving, and not for lack of trying. He doesn’t know what it’s like to get up every morning with a job to go to, learn real life skills, socialise with work colleagues, or even what a monthly payslip looks like.
How incredible is that? And he’s not alone. But that’s not my point.
I hear so much about teaching entrepreneurship and how we should encourage school children to become their own boss, start their own business (from as young as 13 for goodness sake!) but what about the kids we’ve missed? There’s an entire generation who won’t be passing on the lessons that we learnt from our parents. They won’t see their parents getting up each morning, every morning and having somewhere to go i.e. work.
So where’s the rallying cry for the 1 million 16 – 24 year old unemployed Prime Minister? Where does that fit in with your Big Society exactly? Your ‘plan’ isn’t working so we absolutely must retract from it, and rapidly.
I can’t give you the solution, I can point out the obvious massive flaws; SME’s aren’t generating enough cash revenue to recruit despite how desperate they might be to cut down on the hours they work, banks….. well we all know the score there. When does the Quantitative Easing come into play exactly? When will banks start opening their doors again to give the SME the cash they so desperately need to build, buy and sell their products or services, who in turn can then employ?
I only hope that all those budding 13 year old entrepreneurs aren’t given a rude awakening when it comes to surviving in the real world. I sincerely hope that in 3 years time when they are due to leave school that they leave millionaires and employ all those poor unfortunate youths that had the audacity of being born too bloody early.