According to data released by the Office of National Statistics July 2012 saw a huge increase in long term unemployment of young people in the 18-24 age group in South Swindon – a rise of a whopping 800% when compared with July 2011.

According to data released by the Office of National Statistics July 2012 saw a huge increase in long term unemployment of young people in the 18-24 age group in South Swindon – a rise of a whopping 800% when compared with July 2011.

Ever increasing costs associated with education, the scrapping of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance), and employers looking for experienced staff rather than youthful energy are just some of the factors that could be responsible for this increase.

It’s a depressing time to be a young person in the UK – and even more depressing to find that no one is reporting such a large increase in long term unemployed young people in South Swindon.

Companies seem to be able to ‘pick and choose’ their workforce when they need to be giving young people the chance to prove themselves. The students and young people of our town and our country feel like they’re not been given the chances they are entitled to.

Labour are calling on the Tory-led government to create thousands of new apprentice places with “Jobs for Contracts” a plan which would require any company wanting to provide goods or services to the public sector to have an apprenticeship scheme.  This plan would make a real difference to the lives of young people across the country.