This article by Mary Riddell in the Telegraph is WELL WORTH A READ. Check it out!
Personally, I have never liked Mary Riddle’s style of writing; she goes off at a tangent too easily and tends to be quick with opinion and light on evidence; most particularly, Mary Ridell tends to have no solutions. However, Riddle’s headline is a very worthy theme.
What is to be done about youth unemployment?
This question will be of major concern to young people, their parents and grand parents in the next election.
Personally, I would propose a radical solution:
Bring back National Service!
I was in Israel recently and quickly noticed Young people in uniform. Young men serve three years at the age of eighteen and young women two years. Many Israeli youth learn important skills in National Service.
For the UK, bringing back national service would have many advantages. It would:
- Help teach young people skills that are relevant to today’s needs, including trades and public service
- Help balance the savage cuts to the tri-forces
- Force wealthy and privileged people to co-exist with ordinary youngsters from less advantaged background
- Help deal with resource weaknesses in the Public Sector
- Teach discipline and respect
- Create a feeling of one nation
- Break down multiculturalism
- Labour must step in to rescue a generation of doomed youth (telegraph.co.uk)
- Funding concern over ‘youth guarantee’ scheme (irishtimes.com)
- Prince Charles: I want army of two million young people (telegraph.co.uk)
- Charles to launch youth campaign (bbc.co.uk)
- Behind the Scenes of the AIS Dinner with B4 Youth Theatre (b4youththeatre.wordpress.com)
- Careers advice ‘appalling’, says college leader (schoolsimprovement.net)
- Speech: Strengthening vocational education: Skills Show 2013 (gov.uk)
- Holiday program launched for youth (focus.rw)
- Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s (telegraph.co.uk)
- Youth unemployment could wreck Europe’s economic recovery | Terence Tse and Mark Esposito (theguardian.com)