“If the government doesn’t do something urgently to stop youth unemployment from spreading, then generations of young people here in the West Midlands may face a dismal future,” he added.
“Labour MEPs launched a campaign at the Labour Party Conference, we followed it up with an alternative EU summit in Nottingham at the beginning of this month where our Leader Ed Miliband and our political allies from across the EU met local unemployed youth and projects to create work, and now we’re signing the TUC’s youth unemployment Charter. ”
The Charter’s demands include a call for guaranteed paid work or training after a period of unemployment, a requirement on all public bodies to commit to recruiting a set number of apprentices each year, and good quality work experience that includes a guarantee of both quality training and a job interview at the end for Britain’s youth.
“The coalition’s austerity-only course has failed, one million young people are already jobless. Aside from a few token gestures we see no change of course, no new ideas, and no leadership,” he added.
“We need action now where our employers, unions, councils and the national government get together in our region to make sure that there is a future worth looking forward to for young people,” he said.