The Government today announced a £1 billion package to help reduce unemployment in the 16-24 age range, which is generally seen as a consequence of the recession.
Whilst the economy was growing strongly between 2001 and 2007, what do you think happened to the unemployment figure for this age group?
It rose by 200 000.
It isn't just recession that puts employers off taking on young British workers. It's the huge amount of hassle involved in employing them. The red tape and bureaucratic nightmare of employment laws introduced over the last 15 years, combined with a growing feeling amongst employers that too many of our school leavers have simply not been prepared for the world of work.
Neither our present Government nor the previous one is likely to admit this however.