Have your say: Youth unemployment

By a County Press reporter

Monday, April 23, 2012


IN tough economic times, the opportunities for young people to get onto the job ladder on the Isle of Wight are few and far between.

However, training organisations, the Isle of Wight Council, Jobcentres and the government are working to get youngsters into work through the new apprenticeships and other schemes.

The latest Island jobless figures showed a slight fall over the previous month, but there are still 300 more unemployed than the same month last year.

So, what should we be doing to make things better for those seeking work and what are the experiences of those on the new apprentice schemes?

Have your say about this important topic here.


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by Peter Lewis

24th April 2012, at 08:46:53

Sorry I hit submit before completing proof reading on that last one. Apologise for the numerous mistakes.

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by Peter Lewis

24th April 2012, at 08:45:49

As I understand it Welsh councils are now allowed to weight the scoring on tenders that put value, not just on cost,. This means tendering companies have to declare the number of local companies and people they will support when they, for example, build a bridge. I appreciate this will no solve the problem, especially on an island as small as the Isle of Wight. Part of the reasion my family moved back to Wales from the island was just this issue. A beautiful place no doubt, but I really do feel for young ones starting in the UK today, they have got it tough.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

23rd April 2012, at 16:02:30

The council should try investing money in the only real industry on the Island...tourism...a complete plan to renew the dross we have and encourage some large operators to move here (CentreParcs???) would provide employment for everybody on the Island....but these cowboys would rather spend their millions on PFI nonsense that benefits nobody

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by Dan Skelton

23rd April 2012, at 14:58:26

Seriously, if you wanna drop the unemployment numbers, actually make jobs, and not more of these "work programs". I'm 18 and unemployed and have recently been told by the Jobcenter to do this work program? I guarantee any money you like it'll be pointless and an absolute waste of time.

So... please do something about it.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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