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Written by James Cheetham on 18th August 2015


As unemployment figures for the young are constantly bandied around by politicians and new strategies discussed on how to deal with it, the latest solution announced is the rather intimidating sounding  “unemployment boot camp.”

The 3 week programme will be mandatory and provide the age ranges of 18-21 with a “how to get a job” training programme, including CV writing, filling out job applications and how to interview well.

The programme was outlined this Monday and will be kicking into gear in April 2017. It’s a continued bid by the Conservatives to end long-term youth unemployment and “to build a country for workers, where nobody is defined by birth and everyone can achieve their potential.”  Any refusal to take part will result in Job Seeker’s Allowance being withheld.

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has already denied that this measure is a form of punishment and should not be seen so, but is instead a solution to a continuing problem in Britain.

Having to immediately jump into defence mode is not a promising sign and children’s charity Barnado’s has already criticised the scheme, saying it punishes rather than supports.  

As something that was initially suggested back in 2008 by the Conversatives, they've stated it is here to create a no excuses society and will ultimately benefit the young job hunter, aiming “to end the welfare culture that is embedded in some of Britain’s most vulnerable communities".

What do you think? A step towards a 1984 society or a supportive programme for the young and unemployed?