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Work Foundations say government intervention 'essential' for more graduate jobs

Published: Wednesday, 16 February 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Today, the independent authority on work and its future announced that government intervention is needed to help get more young people into jobs, including graduate vacancies.

Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at the Work Foundation, recommended that the recession risks "turning into a major crisis for young people" if politicians do not step in.

In the latest quarter, the total employment for those under 25 went down by more than 90,000. In the same period, employment for those over 25 went up by 25,000.

Mr Brinkley says that many of the employment statistics will not significantly change until the economy picks up, but graduate work experience may be a good choice in the mean time.

"Young people’s employment will not recover significantly until employers start hiring them again in significant numbers and that depends on the overall state of the economy," he said.

"The government needs to look again at levels of support for young people through … encouraging more apprenticeships and paid intern placements," he said.

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