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He wants to work for a living but he is not sure how this will be achieved In 20 years’

Posted on 16 August 2010

He wants to work, for a living but he is not sure how this will be achieved “In 20 years’ time – I’d like to have a full-time job. I would like to be a social worker, or do something to help other people.”. Top A-level students are being turned down without interview by universities as competition for places intensifies, according to a survey published yesterday. Benefit is cut in half for the under-25s and yet we’re still meant to live on it …

I get pounds 37.90 a week, but I only survive because I get money from families and friends.”He feels more education and training is the answer, but says there should be more variety in the schemes. If they mess up your claim it takes two weeks before it’s sorted out and it’s not even your fault I think it’s getting worse for young people today. While he supports tough measures on crime, he feels that sometimes it’s understandable “People are sometimes forced to do it to eat. Now he is back in another bed and breakfast organised by the council.His training scheme involved working on a milk round but, being homeless, he dropped out of the scheme.

He had hoped to work towards a National Vocational Qualification in business administration. He managed to get a three-month contract doing manual labour but is now back on the dole.David, 20, is getting married next year, to someone he met at The Base, a Barnado’s drop-in centre for 16-25-year-olds, he attends in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear. I couldn’t keep up with payments and I ended up sleeping rough for a couple of weeks.”He did that until a relative let him stay for a while. “For the employer it is a source of free labour,” says Melissa. “But it’s something you have to invest a lot of time in and it can be very useful for the person at the end.”Both describe themselves as “single” “At the moment the magazine is all-consuming I just haven’t got time,” says Melissa. “It’s typical of our generation to delay on marriage and families.”As yet The Resident has not made them a fortune – they pay themselves a “graduate salary”, but they say “it’s early days” and are confident that they will strike paydirt when they are ready to sell the magazine to one of the major publishing companies.Get up and go, the need to go out there and achieve things by yourself, is, they think, typical of their generation, who have spent the majority of their lives under a Thatcherite government.In 20 years’ time I’d like to have a full-time jobTHE HAVE NOTIf there is one thing David Jowsey hates it is people who assume that those without work are lazy: “It’s just an excuse they make because the Government has messed it up.” But he is well aware that leaving school at 16 with no qualifications means that his chances of a job are slim.He moved out of home into bed and breakfast after difficulty with his parents while on a youth training scheme: “But it was difficult to pay for living there when I was on a scheme and I ended up on the street. “In this market, confidence is extremely valuable as degrees are no longer a guaranteed passport to a job.”They see work experience as a vital step.

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