In order to understand what is happening in Australian society, or our economy, it is helpful to understand people’s patterns of work, unemployment and retirement. ABS statistics can help to build this picture. Fifty years ago, the majority of Australians who worked were men working full-time. Most worked well into their 60s, sometimes beyond, and . . . → Read More: Australian labour force statistics October 2011 – ABS
EXECUTIVE SUMMMARY – Extract
There is growing consensus that without further action we risk a “lost generation” of young people – shut out of the labour market and increasingly disconnected from work and learning. Youth unemployment is now above one million, with long-term youth unemployment above 250,000 for the first time since the early 1990s.
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract
In this report we try to get behind the headlines about youth unemployment and assess what can be done to tackle it, all the time bearing in mind the mistakes of past policy. Based on quantitative analysis from a range of sources, including the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England . . . → Read More: The state of youth unemployment (UK) – Demos
After a steep decline in the 1970s and 80s, apprenticeships have enjoyed something of a renaissance under recent Conservative, Labour and Coalition administrations. The Coalition government has pledged funding for an extra 250,000 apprenticeships over the course of this parliament. Apprenticeships are seen as important to both economic growth and social justice. They are . . . → Read More: Rethinking apprenticeships (UK) – IPPR