Reduce Youth Unemployment: Change the Companies Act

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Reduce Youth Unemployment: Change the Companies Act

This petition had 260 supporters

 

The problem of youth unemployment generates a lot of heat but little light.  Apprenticeships are seen as the new silver bullet that can solve all our problems; they are shamelessly over-promoted by the Government, the term itself is losing its meaning and demand for places wildly exceeds supply in most sectors – curiously this is seen as some sort of success.  The various welfare to work schemes fail to deliver the desired numbers and there are recurring questions about abuse and exploitation of vulnerable young people.

On the day this petition was launched in mid-October 2013 it was reported that youth unemployment remained just below the one million mark - despite all the hype about economic growth the figure was down by just 1000 over the quarter.   It should now be clear that there is a chronic, endemic problem to be addressed.  The traditional jobs available for young people that formed the aspirational path of the past have simply disappeared.  There is less incentive to encourage employers to invest in training and, in particular, to commit the level of resources needed to create a serious credible apprenticeship scheme.   The problem is too serious for employers to solve as they think fit.

More radical solutions are required and the debate needs to move to a different level. Employers should now be required to fulfill broader objectives. In accepting the protection that a modern economy affords them, larger employers should accept obligations for skills development. What is proposed, as a first step, is that corporate law, and in particular the Companies Act, should be reviewed to introduce more specific obligations for workforce development, including obligations that reflect wider societal needs. 

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This petition had 260 supporters