Wednesday, 15 July 2009
With unemployment soaring, there was an interesting discussion on Newsnight (BBC2) tonight about, specifically, youth unemployment. One of the young people interviewed was a graduate who had signed off JSA rather than continue with a 13-week New Deal programme. He said it was a waste of time, in overcrowded, drab surroundings, and was actually preventing him looking for work. The provider wasn't mentioned. The minister, Jim Knight, said he would look into who the provider was, but admitted that the programmes were not designed for people with higher skills. Well-qualified, well-educated people have been saying this for a long time!