youngsters want to work, but survey shows a third fear they will
33% of young people
currently not in employment, education or training fear they will
never get a job, despite the vast majority of them wanting to work
or train, according to a new report.
The University and College Union (UCU) described the results of the
survey of more than 1,000 young people as:- 'heartbreaking'
called for a new contract between society and the young. The
polling, carried out by ComRes and commissioned as part of the
union's Knowledge Economy campaign, paints a startling picture of
the reality of life for the 1 million young people in England not
working or training.
While they are a highly diverse group with different needs, the
overwhelming majority want to work or study (88%) and 71% believe
they would contribute a lot to society if they got the right
However, the survey also reveals the substantial human and social
cost of sustained unemployment with 36% believing they would never
get a job. 33% reported having suffered depression, while 37% said
they rarely left the house and 40% said they did not feel they were
part of society.
When asked what they considered to be the main barriers stopping
them finding work or study 47% said their lack of experience held
them back, 25% said they lacked confidence, and 28% cited a lack of
suitable well-paid jobs.
Research shows the individual human tragedy is only part of the
story and that a NEET will cost the Exchequer £56,000. UCU said
politicians urgently needed to listen to young people surveyed who
made it clear what they felt needed to be done.
When asked what would help them find work or training opportunities,
46% said they needed help to boost their confidence and 36% wanted a
motivational boost. 29% said they wanted decent advice about
applying for jobs and 23% cited clear information about
opportunities as a real step forward.
Speaking in response to the report Professor Robin Simmons of the
University of Huddersfield, an expert in the so-called NEET
phenomenon, said:- "This report's findings are both disturbing
and sobering, and clearly illustrate the negative consequences for
the individual and society of being outside education and
employment. The research illustrates the corrosive effect that
unemployment can have on a young person's confidence, motivation,
and their view of the future.
Most NEET young people do not have low aspirations and believe they
can make a valuable contribution to society. Whilst some young
unemployed people may well lack confidence this is often a result of
negative labour market experiences and repeated negative experiences
can cause their motivation to drop. A significant proportion
of young people outside education and work possess high-level skills
and qualifications, which suggests that youth unemployment is
related as much to the availability of employment and the particular
nature of jobs available to young people as it is to their
individual and personal qualities and dispositions."
UCU president, Simon Renton, said:- "This report lays bare the
deep personal impact that sustained unemployment has on young
people. It is truly heartbreaking to see so many people who want to
contribute more to society but are left feeling their outlook is
desperate and hopeless. No wonder levels of depression and mental
illness are so high.
The individual human tragedy is only part of the story as young
people outside education or work cost the country millions of pounds
every year. We need to give our young people a commitment of proper
guidance and stable, properly rewarded jobs, or educational
opportunities. This will mean central and local government,
employers, schools, colleges and universities working together. It
will cost money, but the alternative is to consign hundreds of
thousands of young people to the scrapheap and society to pick up
the both the social and economic bills caused by their inactivity."
CELEBRATE FIRST YEAR AT LOCAL PUB
THE managers at the
Freshfield pub on Massams Lane in Formby are getting ready to
celebrate their first anniversary running the pub. Steve
Gregory and Simon Cox re-opened the doors to the popular community
pub on 23 July 2012, following an extensive 6 figure sum make over.
The central wall was knocked through, making the pub more open and
sociable, the food and drink menus were improved and 2 more hand
pumps were installed, making the pub famous for having 14 cask
In just 12 months, the managers have a lot to celebrate. Staff and
customers raised over £6,500 for charity, £4,500 of which was raised
in aid of "Donna's Dream", a local charity set up in in
memory of local woman Donna Osborne, who was sadly lost to brain
tumour. The remaining £2000 was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Greene King pub has also received 2 Campaign for Real Ale awards; the Southport and District pub of the year and more recently, the
Merseyside pub of the year. The pub impressed an independent panel
of experts who scrutinised the team's beer knowledge and put their
customer service to the test.
Steve Gregory, joint manager of the Freshfield pub, said:-
"What a first 12 months it has been! The response to the
refurbishment has been positive since the day we opened the doors
and the lovely feedback we continually receive makes everything
Simon Cox, joint manager of the pub, continued:- "We really
work hard as a team to ensure we put our customers first, making
sure everything is just right."
The pub prides itself on not only value, service and quality, but
also innovation, such as being one of the first pubs in the country
to install Wild Berries Rekorderlig on draught.
Richard Lewis, managing director for Greene King Locals Pubs, said:-
"Congratulations to Steve and Simon for an excellent first
year. They are a first class Greene King pub management team and a
prime example of how pubs should be run. I hope our customers
appreciate them as much as we do."
To celebrate their first year at the pub, Steve, Simon and their
team will be hosting a cask ale week from 22 July to 28 July 2013. This
will be the 3rd festival the pub has held since Steve and Simon
joined the pub. There will be 80 beers available during the week and
the pub will also host "meet the brewer" sessions.
Postponed event notice:- "In
Conversation With Simon Rimmer"
"ON behalf of Little Atom
Productions, I am sorry to announce that, due to unforeseen
circumstances, the In Conversation With Simon Rimmer event due to
take place at St George's Hall, Liverpool on Tuesday, 30 July 2013,
is to be postponed to a future date, yet to be confirmed. Full
refunds are available but those ticket holders who simply want to
transfer their seat allocation to the future event date (which will
be announced shortly) are very welcome to do so. For assistance and
information please contact Gemma Aldcroft of Little Atom Productions
email or calling them on:- 07775
567192. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."