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    1. Do you feel that the careers advice and guidance (including access to work experience) that you have received in school/college/university has been adequate to prepare you for employment? How could it be improved?

    2. How could your experience of using Jobcentre Plus be improved? This might include the quality of advice that you were given via Jobcentre Plus, or how comfortable you felt accessing and using the services, for example.

    3. The Government’s ‘National Living Wage’ was introduced in April 2016, but is only available to workers over the age of 25. What effect do you feel this has had on your experiences of employment?

    The Work and Pensions Committee would like to hear about your experiences to help them understand the challenges faced by young people and focus their inquiry on the key issues.
    If you’re 16-24 and have personal experience of using careers guidance, Jobcentre Plus, or even just looking for a job, they want to hear from you!

    As part of your comment, if you are comfortable doing so, please include your age and tell us if you’re a) employed, b) unemployed and looking for work, or c) unemployed and not looking for work at the moment.

    If you do not want to share your comments publicly you can do so through the Committee's webpage.

    Please share your comments by 30 September 2016 in order to inform the inquiry.
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    It's alright if you're white and middle class/above.
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    (Original post by Official House of Commons)
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    1. Do you feel that the careers advice and guidance (including access to work experience) that you have received in school/college/university has been adequate to prepare you for employment? How could it be improved?

    2. How could your experience of using Jobcentre Plus be improved? This might include the quality of advice that you were given via Jobcentre Plus, or how comfortable you felt accessing and using the services, for example.

    3. The Government’s ‘National Living Wage’ was introduced in April 2016, but is only available to workers over the age of 25. What effect do you feel this has had on your experiences of employment?

    The Work and Pensions Committee would like to hear about your experiences to help them understand the challenges faced by young people and focus their inquiry on the key issues.
    If you’re 16-24 and have personal experience of using careers guidance, Jobcentre Plus, or even just looking for a job, they want to hear from you!

    As part of your comment, if you are comfortable doing so, please include your age and tell us if you’re a) employed, b) unemployed and looking for work, or c) unemployed and not looking for work at the moment.

    If you do not want to share your comments publicly you can do so through the Committee's webpage.

    Please share your comments by 30 September 2016 in order to inform the inquiry.
    I don't think its just the schools/colleges/universities - it is the prospective employers too. They put in job adverts that require 3 or more years of prior experience. How do they expect school leavers to have that kind of experience?!
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    It's life, unfortunately. That even though you should be brought up in a loving environment for the first few years, your purpose is reduced to fighting others over a "piece of cake". There's only so much time your carers can give you before they throw you into the deep end and tell you to fend for yourself.

    The society we live in now has all these problems with this lazy, entitled generation. The generation that couldn't be more deluded than all the generations before it simply because the one generation before it couldn't teach something as simple as discipline. There's no quick fix? Or you could just suddenly "turn back the clock" and reduce the purpose of human life even further, to the same level as all the other species on the planet: to live for one more day...
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    (Original post by shawn_o1)
    It's life, unfortunately. That even though you should be brought up in a loving environment for the first few years, your purpose is reduced to fighting others over a "piece of cake". There's only so much time your carers can give you before they throw you into the deep end and tell you to fend for yourself.

    The society we live in now has all these problems with this lazy, entitled generation. The generation that couldn't be more deluded than all the generations before it simply because the one generation before it couldn't teach something as simple as discipline. There's no quick fix? Or you could just suddenly "turn back the clock" and reduce the purpose of human life even further, to the same level as all the other species on the planet: to live for one more day...
    That is a load of rubbish, many people want jobs but they get turned away as employers take the piss for a multitude of reasons... because they can, because the supply of jobs is far less than the demand for them They don't want to train people, they expect you to pay for your own qualifications while saying it doesn't really matter but constantly hanging the threat of unemployment over your head if you don't pay up. Did I mention that the salaries in this country are God awful?

    People are brainwashed into defending these big multimillion pound corporations. They take liberties and feel entitled to because people are too desperate for a job, for survival to protest against the state of affairs. It's a very British thing, for its people to take it up the arse for big business especially.
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    That is a load of rubbish, many people want jobs but they get turned away as employers take the piss for a multitude of reasons... because they can, because the supply of jobs is far less than the demand for them They don't want to train people, they expect you to pay for your own qualifications while saying it doesn't really matter but constantly hanging the threat of unemployment over your head if you don't pay up. Did I mention that the salaries in this country are God awful?

    People are brainwashed into defending these big multimillion pound corporations. They take liberties and feel entitled to because people are too desperate for a job, for survival to protest against the state of affairs. It's a very British thing, for its people to take it up the arse for big business especially.
    Like I said how do business executives expect young people to hold previous experience when they have just literally left school? Its an utterly ridiculous 'rule.'
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    Like I said how do business executives expect young people to hold previous experience when they have just literally left school? Its an utterly ridiculous 'rule.'
    Its not just young people, its more experienced people too. They don't want to invest anything in staff, they expect staff to shoulder the time/money costs of professional qualifications just to keep their jobs (without increasing salaries to help them). In the real world, they can do that as there are others desperate for a job even if they put themselves into debt to get one. Yes, you have people putting themselves into debt just to get and keep a job :lol:. Not as bad when you are young, but when you have a family to feed, you know... it takes the piss.

    As I say, as a country we are super serious about free speech and all that stuff. However when it comes to worker's rights we are shockingly powerless against big businesses and multinationals. And indeed, the whole country is when you think about it... if a big multinational does not like the way we are behaving, then they just shift their jobs elsewhere. It's getting theoretical, but this is the entire problem with limitless capitalism.
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    In my experience companies are unwilling to train people which is ridiculous and considering how it was like over 20 years ago companies actually bothered to train people back then.Instead now there are lots of apprenticeships lasting 12 months or longer which leads to entry level jobs for example in retail or admin and in the long term this will guarantee you to be stuck on minimum wage jobs without any specialized skills Good jobs go to those who have years of experience, and companies don't want to hear from you if you don't fulfill their long list of requirements Useful apprenticeship placements could be made in the car industry, construction, IT, Healthcare and other technical industries. That way, there will not be any skills shortages because young people can get an exposure to the working world. Because once someone finishes their A-levels in this modern world there is no point pushing them into university. The best apprenticeships placements are very competitive to get into, because there are so few of them and they pay really well after it's completed.
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    The growth of training opportunities and the growth of apprenticeships is likely to happen soon thanks to the Apprenticeship levy. Organisations will lose what's really an equivalent of 0.5% of their salary bill ring-fenced for training employees.

    Businesses may not like the idea of what is seen as a tax to them, but hopefully it will lead to the type of opportunities that people think are missing at the moment.


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