Ok, so it may be easier said than done, but increasingly we are finding that the government and other organisations are encouraging young people to start their own businesses. Young entrepreneurship is now firmly placed on the political agenda in an attempt to boost the British economy at the same time as reducing youth unemployment.
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We Are Spartacus, the disability organisation, has today published The People’s Review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). It gathers together the views of 70 disabled people who have been through the WCA, shedding a more personal light on the problems with it after exposure by the likes of Panorama.
Another annoying thing that many jobseekers have experienced from these employment agencies is when recruitment consultants say they will ring you back about a vacancy you have applied for, but never do. Another despicable trick of theirs is to pretend that they are "on the other line" when you ring up, and tell their colleague to take a message from you. Then you wait, and wait, and wait for the promised ringback that never ever comes.
I think it is disgusting the way some of these employment agencies are snubbing jobless people once they hear they have been out of work for over six months. Don't these useless organisations realise there has been a recession on, and as a result of the thousands chasing each job, it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get even a few week's work experience, let alone a damned long term job. These agencies should realise that being long term unemployed is not our fault, but that of the economy as a whole, and employers being ultra choosy when selecting candidates.
As an unemployed Merseysider, one of the worst things I have found when searching for work - even for just a temporary Christmas job - is the ridiculous online selection tests that most employers force you to complete. Even for just a sales assistant job, you have to spend nearly AN HOUR wading through pages and pages of behavioural questions which usually run along the lines of "What's Most Like You" or "What's Least Like You".
Following contributions from think tanks, the BBC’s Stephanie Flanders and others, The Telegraph has today written on why employment has increased to its highest ever level when the country is in recession.
Having written about unemployment and benefits issues for a while now, you might be asking why I am so committed to this sometimes unpopular cause. It is true that I have worked to support unemployed people for around 15 years, but my interest started before this, so maybe it’s time to tell you why the injustices of unemployment strike such a chord with me.
Over the last few months, work experience has received a bad press, with companies including Tesco and Holland and Barrett withdrawing from it after being accused of exploitation.
This was always likely to be reversed at some point; many companies have interests in the cost benefits as well as social benefits it can bring, and it can be a valuable way of gathering much-needed experience for those jobseekers who have little or none. Managed properly it can be a win-win situation.
Over the last few weeks a number of stories have been released on the theme of unemployment and benefits. Taken together, they provide an important lesson in how the news cycle is used to justify and reinforce changes in public policy.