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Talking point: should the young people of Wales look at alternative options to long-term work?

A new IWA report says many young people have no chance of finding mainstream jobs. So, should they be looking at alternative options?

According to an IWA report published today, the Welsh Government should acknowledge that for many young people mainstream jobs are simply not available and instead look for alternative options – public works, social activity and subsidised personal enterprise.

The report Engaging Wales’ Disengaged Youth asks what meaningful long-term opportunities the Welsh Government can provide for the 12 per cent of Welsh 16-18 year olds, and 22 per cent of 19-24 year olds, who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Stevie Upton has written an article on Click for Wales looking at the inconvenient truth that sustainable employment might not be a realistic idea. But he also looks at the other side of the argument and explains how the problem isn’t entirely bleak with a number of organisations offering help to make young people employable.

Despite these organisations there are many young people who are classed as NEET. What else could be done to try and stem the problem?

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