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New campaign is highlighting issue of unemployment for young people
A rise of more than 500 per cent in long-term youth unemployment in Bradford has been highlighted in a new campaign by the Prince’s Trust.
According to figures provided by The Office for National Statistics, the number of people aged under 24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Bradford for more than six months has risen by 542 per cent since 2008.
Councillor Dave Green, leader of Bradford Council, met with the Bradford and District Partnership yesterday to discuss issues including youth unemployment.
He said: “Youth unemployment has been a major issue in Bradford for some time. As part of our meeting we looked at how we can better address the issue by working together. We have a number of ideas and hope that we will see some positive outcomes.”
In response to the steep rise in long-term youth unemployment, Prince’s Trust ambassadors, including Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, will take part in the charity’s first live-streamed Youth Forum. Against The Odds will be streamed live on The Trust’s Facebook page tomorrow, giving young people the chance to have their questions answered by the celebrity panel.
Bradford East Lib Dem MP David Ward said: “The figures are very bad news for young people now who are the victims of the economic crisis.”
According to figures provided by The Office for National Statistics in August 2008, the number of under 24-year-olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Bradford was 360 while the figure for August 2012 is 2,310.
Bradford West MP George Galloway said: “These desperate circumstances require desperate measures from this Government channelling money and hope into providing jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people who are suffering through no fault of their own.”
To watch Against the Odds youth forum visit facebook.com/ princestrust at 2pm tomorrow.
WHAT YOU THINK...
"I’ve been on Jobseekers for a year and out of work for two years.
The only job I’ve been given so far is the other side of Huddersfield which is too far away.
The others are all bad jobs.
You have to apply for eight jobs every two weeks, but you never hear back.
I had worked for eight years before I got sacked.
Now all the good jobs need experience, otherwise it’s just sales jobs"
Daniel Gardecki, 24, of Little Horton
"I have just started to get benefits today. I’ve looked for jobs recently but they all want previous experience. The only job I could find that suited me was only a three week contract. "
Michael McCluskey, 24, Leeds Road
"I’ve been on benefits since 2006, when I finished a bricklayer’s course at college. Despite my skills I couldn’t find a job anywhere. There are not a lot of job opportunities about."
Stefan Jukes, 21, Bradshaw
"I’ve been on Job Seeker’s for six months now and I’ve found it very hard to get a job. I send out 30 applications a week, but will only get an interview for one or two of those."
Andrew Higgins, 24, Thornton
"It’s not easy to find a job as I used to work full-time, but now I have to work part-time. Since I started I must have sent out around 100 applications, but I rarely hear back."
Liam Gregory, 23, Bradshaw
"I’ve been unemployed since I was 16. I send out about ten applications a week, but most people don’t even ring back. Most of the employers want experience, which I don’t have."
Kennedy Rawlins, 20, Barkerend