Yesterday the number of young people officially unemployed reached 1 million out of a total of 6 million. A report by theJoseph Rowntree Foundation "Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2011" published in December notes the number of people in part-time work who want full-time jobs has doubled since 2004. This massive increase highlights that the problem is lack of jobs not unwillingness to look for work.
In 1897 the year of Queen Victoria's Diamod Jubilee the founders of Children North East started to offer training for boys to help them secure mong term employment. They recognised that the problem of street children could only be solved through work.
In this Diamond Jubilee year Children North East is offering training and work experience to a few young people in our Community Cafe at WEYES. We have just advertised our first apprenticeship at Head Office and we expect to increase the number of placements for social work and youth work students from 4 to 9 during the year.
Our 3 Youth Link volunteer schemes give young people the chance to gain experience and qualifications. We also offer training courses in sexaul health, mental health and wellbeing for young people which lead to qualifications.
In a small way Children North East is doing what it can to address the scandal of so many unemployed young people.