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Labour market statistics: Unemployment up, inactivity down

The key points from this release are:

  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 29.13 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 60,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 2.67 million unemployed people, up 48,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995. The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 9.29 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 78,000 on the quarter.
  • Total pay (including bonuses) rose by 2.0 per cent on a year earlier, unchanged on the three months to November 2011. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 2.0 per cent on a year earlier, up 0.1 on the three months to November 2011.

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Last week David Milliband presented recommendations from his Commission on Youth Unemployment.

The Report

He has welcomed the introduction of job subsidies under the new Youth Contract, which will come in from April, but called for a boost in the number of these that will be made available to employers.

He recommended setting up Youth Employment Zones in hotspots of worklessness around the country.

The report also majored on self-employment. For recovery to be sustainable, new jobs need to be created by start-up businesses. Unemployed graduates in particular should be encouraged to set up their own businesses.

 

See the full report here

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Press release – 16 November 2011

Latest youth unemployment data

 

‘Many NEETS need preparatory training before starting an apprenticeship’, say training providers

 

The body that represents training providers who train over 70% of apprentices in England has released the following statement in response to the government’s announcements today on tackling youth unemployment and changes to the apprenticeship programme.

 

Graham Hoyle OBE, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), said:

 

“Independent training organisations have worked hard with employers over the past 18 months to significantly increase the number of young people taking up apprenticeships as well as improve the skills of the adult workforce.  We believe that today’s announcements represent a good response to the feedback that AELP members have been offering on what would persuade more businesses to sign up to the programme.  It is also important that we expand the capacity of preparatory training programmes to enable more young people who left school with few or no qualifications to embark on a full apprenticeship.”   

 

AELP has sent to BIS and the Treasury a pre-Autumn Statement submission on apprenticeships and in it, the association has pointed out that the apprenticeship programme, relaunched in 1994, was never set up exclusively for the benefit of young people as a form of job creation.

 

The submission says: “The apprenticeship brand must not be damagingly stretched by making it a programme for the non-employed or NEETs who are still too far away from meeting the often demanding selection criteria quite properly laid down by employers.  These individuals need flexible preparatory programmes to enable them to enter employed apprenticeships when both ready and employable.”

 

The submission also addresses other misunderstandings and misconceptions about the programme.

 

The full AELP submission can be read here:

http://www.aelp.org.uk/news/policies/details/what-are-apprenticeships-for/

 

Two additional points are worth bearing in mind, especially in the current economic climate when other indicators are either flat-lining or heading south.  Firstly, over 262,000 young people in the 16 to 24 age group started an apprenticeship in 2010-11 – a 15.9% increase on the previous year – and these apprenticeships came with a contract of employment at a local business.  Secondly, a record number of apprentices are completing their programmes.  The success rate is now approaching 75% which compares favourably with the best in Europe.

 

ENDS

 

Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182

 

Notes to editors

 

1. About AELP

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain.  The majority of its 600+ members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations.  Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision and it includes over 50 FE colleges involved in work based learning.

 

Over 70% of Apprenticeships in England are delivered by AELP members.  More than 70% of the Work Programme prime contractors are AELP members with many other members delivering the programme as sub-contractors.   AELP providers currently engage with almost 300,000 employers across the country and last year they helped 117,240 learners complete an apprenticeship.  184,000 apprentices of all ages are currently on AELP members’ programmes.  182,420 trainees gained stand-alone NVQs and achieved basic skills on members’ programmes in 2010-11.  8,730 young people obtained jobs through the Entry to Employment programme, thanks to AELP members who currently have 24,190 young people on a Foundation Learning programme.

 

Web: www.aelp.org.uk

Twitter: @AELPUK

 

 

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Community Work Programme

The Prime Minister speaks to the Liaison Committee

The Prime Minister said people who failed to find work despite “intensive” mentoring for two years could be made to do 30 hours of community service a week for 26 weeks a year.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said that under the proposals, people who have been supported “intensively” through the Work Programme for two years but still had not got a sustainable job, may have to do community work or they could lose their benefit entitlement.

Compulsory community work coupled with more intensive support through Jobcentre Plus will be tested in parts of the country before the scheme is rolled out nationwide in 2013.

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Should the long term unemployed be forced to do community service?

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A lack of basic skills is the problem, say large companies

BBC Newsbeat reports on survey data from their study of 27 of the top 50 largest employers in the UK, representing 1.03 million workers. Their findings indicate that unemployment is set to rise further this autumn.

In response to the youth unemployment problem, almost half of those surveyed said that the government needed to train up young jobseekers as too many lacked basic skills, especially in subjects like mathematics and English.

One large company said that young applicants lacked “basic presentation and communication skills as well as simple budgeting”.

When asked to name the biggest single obstacle to hiring more young people, the most common answer was a lack of basic skills followed by inexperience.

Nine out of 10 companies said there needs to be a greater focus on practical, hands-on training in school and college to get more teenagers straight into work.

The government say that employers are right to raise concerns about a lack of skills and has just approved a batch of New University Technical Colleges which will teach core subjects along hands-on practical training. welfare to work is the answer

Website: BBC Newsbeat


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BAE Systems

After the announcement that BAE are to cut nearly 3000 jobs, Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“This news from BAE Systems will be a serious knock to the individuals and communities affected.

“My officials and the BIS local teams are already in touch with the company, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships to make sure that everything possible is done to help those affected at Brough, Warton, Samlesbury and other sites.

“Last year I set up the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, chaired by Allan Cook, to help skilled workers find new jobs in UK manufacturing. The Group will ensure that the shortage of engineers in UK manufacturing is not exacerbated by the loss of talented people from companies like BAE Systems.

“The Group has set up a new national web based system to make it easier for companies to recruit skilled workers who have been made redundant and the JobCentre Plus Rapid Response Service is also on hand to provide a range of support measures.”

Website: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Source: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2011/Sep/bae-statement

 

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