Government says that every young person should be “earning or learning”

2015 General Election - Cabinet

Matthew Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has said that the Government has new plans to end youth unemployment.

The measures include a “boot-camp” lasting three weeks to give unemployed youngsters training and advice to get into work. Other proposals include the requirement for the youth unemployed to take a job, apprenticeship, traineeship or unpaid work placements or lose benefits as well as plans to create more than three million new apprenticeships by 2020.

Hancock said:

“We are determined to fulfil our commitments to end the welfare culture that is embedded in some of Britain’s most vulnerable communities. By working across government to make sure that every young person is in work or training, by opening up 3 million more apprenticeships, expanding traineeships, and making sure that a life on benefits is simply not an option, we want to end rolling welfare dependency for good, so welfare dependency is no longer passed down the generations.

We are absolutely committed to ending long-term youth unemployment and building a country for workers, where nobody is defined by birth and everyone can achieve their potential”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign team responded quickly in rejecting the bulk of the plans and saying:

“As it takes away opportunities for young people to earn or learn, this government is blaming young people rather than addressing the real problems. It proposes more free labour from the young with fewer rights, and will be resisted by young people and Labour MPs”.