Earlier this week the youth-wing of the Redbridge Labour Group welcomed proposals by the Party of European Socialists (PES) to tackle the crisis of youth unemployment in Europe.
The proposals include the introduction of a Europe-wide youth guarantee, ensuring that every young person in Europe is offered a job, further education or work-focused training at the latest four months after leaving education or after becoming unemployed.
The proposals also call for a European framework regulation on internships to be implemented, protecting young people from exploitation.
John Howard, Chairman of Redbridge Young Labour said: “Despite the coalition governments promises, the youth locally and nationally are facing ever increasing barriers to education, training and professional development.”
He further added: “By scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance, increasing University tuition fees and failing to invest in the economy in order to create new jobs has inevitably contributed to high levels of youth unemployment."
Varinder Singh, Youth Officer of Ilford South Constituency Labour Party agreed stating: “Redbridge Council needs to do more to ensure that youth services are accessible and that more training opportunities are created.”