Aspect boss says unemployed British youngsters should be the priority

Following news that David Cameron plans to cut annual migration to less than 100,000, Will Davies, MD of aspect.co.uk has said that unemployed young British workers need to be given apprenticeship opportunities to prevent jobs being handed to new waves of eastern European migrants.

He said: “Over 20% of the under 24 year-olds in this country are without employment or training at the moment. That is a dire situation that this country cannot afford but it will be made worse by an influx of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants. At the moment, if an eastern European is interviewed for a job and he has completed a full apprenticeship, as many of them will have, then our young long-term unemployed will have no chance of success.

He added: “There can be no doubt that the work ethic of Eastern European migrants has had a beneficially effect on our British workforce. Home grown workers have found themselves having to up their game to compete but we must guard against British youngsters losing further ground against more skilled and experienced Eastern Europeans.”