The second of the three policy areas we are focusing on is the education system. One of the biggest underlying reasons for our youth unemployment crisis is the failure of our education system – mostly in the state sector – to prepare young people for the world of work. Our education system, far too often, doesn’t give young people the right qualifications, skills, careers advice or networking opportunities to lead to them obtaining employment. This is particularly the case in state primary and secondary schools. However, even at further or higher education institutions like universities, more could be done to prepare young people for employment and help them to get a job.

In our view the education system is the area in most urgent need of reform if youth unemployment is to be prevented and cured – both in the short-term and the long-term. The current government is doing a great deal to tackle our deep-seated problems, but much more needs to be done, and far more quickly.

We are currently consulting on ways to improve the education system. We are open to all points of view and would welcome any thoughts or suggestions on reforming our education system.