John Cridland: “Long-term youth unemployment is a national disgrace”

The statement, from the director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), follows the release of ONS figures that reveal that there are currently 188,000 18 to 24-year-olds who’ve been unemployed for more than 12 months.

Cridland continued to comment that apprenticeships are vital to turning this figure around, and that parents, teachers and businesses must take responsibility for tackling the problem.

Finally, he offered to his advice to those currently out of work: “I think there’s a huge danger that after 12 months of unemployment that you’re doomed to a life of inactivity…My message to those young people is don’t give up.”

Responding to the ONS figures, Employment Minister Esther McVey commented: “Any young person who hasn’t got a job is disappointing and it’s sad and we’ve got to work with them.”