As a university professor engaged in competitive intelligence studies, I feel that most of the politicians today are more concerned by their re-election than by the creation of jobs for the young.
The lack of strategies and of European-wide programmes not looking back to the past, but firmly engaged in the technologies and products to the furure should be a commitment.
This means that PPP public and Private Partnerships should be stronger, and that the academics should be concerned by the 'social researc responsibility. That is to say, to be socially engaged in paying back to society part of the money given by the states for the research development.
The second point is that most of the innovation and changes are not coming from large structures. But, the bureaucracy rules, the thresholds of project consideration do not favour small ones; where the job creation and innovation is often the most important.
YOLO is more than an alert index, it may just be a strong indicator of how our society is drifting if the present state of inneficiency of politics remains.
Dou Henri - Marseille, France, France Business School
It seems to me that 'youth' unemployment is a massive issue. To be more precise, it is of huge concern that there are growing numbers of people who have been unemployed for a long period of time, and a sizeable proportion of these people are those who should be embarking on a career.
I suppose this is a eurozone issue at least, though it's difficult to make general statements regarding such a vast swathe of disparate territory. However, in the case of Ireland (where I am from), if I was someone today in their early twenties - about to graduate from university - I think my first choice would be to try to pospopone looking for a job as long as possible-so stay in education.
Failing that, I would either emigrate or become a criminal. In Ireland, it is crystal clear that our government is not able to solve the issue of how to provide a future for young people because it's really beyond the scope of any government to solve this.
The government's role really is to act as a gatekeeper and to make sure it doesn't erect significant obstacles to economic progress. But when your economy is essentially wrecked, there's not really much any government can do. At least not anything a democratic government can do.
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My concern is the link between increasing retirement/pension qualifying age and the rise in youth unemployment. Employment opportunities cannot outstrip employment demand - keeping the elderly in work, even if they want to, will restrict youth access to the job market.
Our youth need practical work experience but work that offers variety and fulfilment for the mass of our youth is not there. Even if they have to work in retail - Tesco, Asda and so on to get the much-needed experience to move onto better employment, the jobs available are limited by the number of 60+ women and 65+ men that remain in the work force.
Our manufacturing base, eroded by the Conservatives, needs to be rebuilt then and only then will job sufficiency, meaningful apprenticeships become available to our let down youth. Life in the services used to be a route to a career that gave much opportunity to improve educational standards, promotion, achieving worthwhile occupations, travel and security. We know what has happened to precious organisation.
The government strap line 'we are all living longer etc' and you must all work until you drop is a huge scam, which underpins the governments changes to tax, retirement, pension policy. Given the rise in alcohol/drug abuse, the increase in junk food being the staple diet for most and the rising cost of good, fresh, healthy food and associated health care, most will be lucky to reach 60 never mind 80+.
As long as we keep giving the UKs money away to the EU (Common Agriculture Policy to name but one drain), overseas aid and so on nothing will change. We have a government that is more concerned with re-election, PR sound bites and many within the cabinet that have no understanding of the normal grind of every day life to tackle properly the serious issue of youth unemployment.
Malcolm Lindley - York, UK
Looking at the current government, it is perfectly clear that despite their words, they have very little genuine interest in the electorate until a few days before each election. Why do I say that? They studiously ignore everything we say.
They treat us as children in need of assistance from vastly superior beings (them). They invent tales about our youngsters, saying they are coming out of school more stupid than when they entered the place.
I have recently heard a 'solution' talk that youngsters should engage more in sports. Apparently, if children receive extra sports training in schools, they will leave sufficiently brainwashed to then join 'Team GB'. I heard no real mention of youth unemployment, maybe kids will become so involved in sporting activities, they'll magically have little need of a job?
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