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  • Young Britons believe they are amongst the most restricted in Europe when it comes to achieving happiness.

    A study, which we ran amongst 16-25 year olds in leading European nations, shows that young people from Germany, France, and Spain are all more confident about achieving their ambitions than their UK peers. More than half (54%) of Britain’s young adults also feel restricted in becoming as happy as they can, with 4/10 fearing they will not be able to find a job in their chosen field.

    Other findings revealed that Young Britons are more concerned about money than any of the other nations in the study, with youth unemployment, lack of opportunities and cuts to education following in their list of concerns.

    The study, coming a week after the announcement that there are now an unprecedented 1 million young people unemployed in the UK, identifies how the lack of available resources impacts on young people’s hopes and aspirations. Two in five young Britons are concerned about the lack of spaces and facilities open to them - more than those from France, Germany and Spain. As a result, Britain’s young are the least likely to believe they will become ‘the best in their field’.

    However, there is good news too. The study also shows that Britain’s younger generation are amongst the most creative, ambitious and entrepreneurial in Europe. More 16-25 year olds from the UK were passionate about extreme sports, drama and theatre and setting up their own business than any other nation in Europe.

    Our young people are crying out for the space to fullfil their potential, and we must begin providing more opportunities for them to stop their incredible potential going to waste. Just imagine the change 1 million new businesses, artists, sports stars and musicians could make to Britain!

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    Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits

    What do you think of this?

    An exceedingly relevant article on work experience schemes for young jobseekers given today’s announcement that there are now 1 million young people unemployed in the UK:

    Are schemes like this a positive way to help people find work or would the young unemployed jobseekers be better off using the time to pursue their creative, sporting or entrepreneurial passions?

    People taking up work experience places – providing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour – face losing benefits if they quit.

    Britain’s jobless young people are being sent to work for supermarkets and budget stores for up to two months for no pay and no guarantee of a job, the Guardian can reveal.

    Under the government’s work experience programme young jobseekers are exempted from national minimum wage laws for up to eight weeks and are being offered placements in Tesco, Poundland, Argos, Sainsbury’s and a multitude of other big-name businesses.

    Cait Reilly, 22, is completing three weeks at Poundland, working five hours a day. Reilly, who graduated last year with a BSc in geology from Birmingham University, found herself with five other JSA claimants last week stacking and cleaning shelves at Poundland in south Birmingham.

    She says there are about 15 other staff at the store but, unlike them, she will receive no remuneration for her work. “It seems we’re being used as some free labour, especially in the runup to Christmas.”

    Reilly says she told her local jobcentre in King’s Heath, Birmingham, that she did not need the experience in the store as she had already done plenty of retail work.

    Despite DWP rules, Reilly says she was told by the jobcentre that she would lose her benefits if she did not take the Poundland placement. The DWP says jobseekers should be told about the cooling-off period but was unable to comment on individual cases without being given personal details.”I was told [the work experience placement] was mandatory after I’d attended the [retail] open day,” she said.

    She said she felt she had to do it because “without my JSA, I would literally have nothing”.

    Under the scheme, there is no guarantee of a job, only an interview. Multiple jobseekers can work in one store at the same time, cleaning or stacking shelves and competing against each other for a potential offer of paid work.

    The DWP has no overall figure for the numbers involved, so it is not known how many hundreds or thousands of young people are working without pay for months.

    But including similar schemes such as mandatory work activity, sector-based work academies and the work programme, which is mainly run by private companies, the government expects hundreds of thousands of young people to do weeks of unpaid and forced work experience for big companies.

    Figures released on Wednesday reveal that youth unemployment stands at 1.016 million.

    As part of her placement Reilly has been given training at another company, which will gives her a City and Guilds qualification in retail.

    Read the full article here —->