City & Guilds calls for collaboration to combat youth unemployment

City & Guilds’ CEO Chris Jones has said that in order to tackle youth unemployment, more collaboration is needed between enterprises and educational establishments.

He says that not enough is being done to help the 853,000 unemployed young people in the UK gain skills and find work. More bridges must be built between schools, colleges and businesses to provide access to the right skills, education and careers advice.

City & Guilds said: “We know that many of these young people just want to get a foot on the career ladder, sending out hundreds of CVs without success. This can be soul destroying and of course the young unemployed often go on to become the long-term unemployed. That’s bad for them and for our economy.”