Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that young people have been hit by historic levels of unemployment since the recession. The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 20.0% at the end of 2013.
One area that may be key to young people’s economic recovery is the digital sector. Bubble Jobs managing director told Recruitment International UK that “we are just three weeks into 2014 and are already starting to see an increased number of junior/entry-level jobs available on the site from a number of well-known brands.”
For once even the government are jumping on board. In one of the finest decisions to have ever been made by the Department for Education from September computer coding will be taught in schools across England to children aged five and over. This is a stroke of genius from a department normally vilified for their ineptitude.
Hopefully they can back this up with further campaigns to promote technical training, tailored to meet the needs of the labour market. For too long the direction of education has been led by political rhetoric rather than the needs of the current and future labour market. We only have to look at the swathes of unemployed graduates to see that too much was put into promoting higher education. Hopefully a labour market led approach will redress the balance. Only time will tell!