National job schemes failing to boost youth employment

National job schemes are failing to boost the career development prospects of young people in a meaningful way, according to new research.

A report from the Local Government Association (LGA) highlighted an eight per cent drop in the number of young people in England starting a scheme, falling from 605,354 in 2009/10 to 559,183 in 2012/13.

It was also shown that almost 50,000 fewer young people were getting support from national job schemes now than three years ago.

The report concluded that in order to make such schemes more effective, the government should consider a devolved Youth Contract across England.

Councillor David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: "It's clear that nationally driven attempts to tackle youth unemployment aren't working.

"We know the level of success that local organisations, such as councils, businesses and education providers, can achieve when working together, but this is being hampered by successive centrally driven government approaches."

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics have revealed that from April to June of this year, there were 3.58 million 16 to 24-year-olds in employment, which represents a reduction of 92,000 from January to March 2013.

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