Apprenticeships and careers advice key to Lib Dem youth unemployment plans, Clegg reveals

1 May 2015

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, has announced that apprenticeships and one-on-one careers advice will play a key role in the party’s plans to cut youth unemployment to “the lowest levels since records began.”

Speaking at a campaign rally, Nick Clegg outlined a plan focused on getting 100,000 people back into work through on the job-training, such as apprenticeships and full-time education as part of the party’s Youth Unemployment Action Plan; which will also include a Youth Unemployment Taskforce that will be formed within the first 100 days of a Liberal Democrat government.

He admitted that the plan to cut youth employment to the lowest levels recorded was “hugely ambitious”, but said that it is “absolutely achievable” because youth unemployment is falling, by more than 110,000 in the last year, which means that “we are now within touching distance of something that has seemed out of reach for years.”
His speech referred to plans announced in April, to double the number of businesses hiring apprentices by increasing the number of grants available to employers and by excusing companies which hire apprentices under 25 from national insurance contributions, and he spoke of “investing millions into mental health services” to tackle the issue.
As reported in FE week, a party spokesperson also said that their “youth unemployment action plan” would also include the introduction of one-to-one careers advice for all students and a “business in schools” strategy that would enhance links between local employers and schools.
More information is available on the Liberal Democrats website.