NUS president says education and work are intrinsically linked

Tim Lezard

NUSYoung people face a triple recession of opportunities, jobs and prospects, according to the NUS.


Citing evidence in a report from the New Economics Foundation (NEF), commissioned by NUS and published today, NUS president  Liam Burns said the current youth jobs crisis is not a symptom of the current economic crisis but a far more ingrained problem.

He also said that education and work are intrinsically linked, arguing that both NUS and it’s member students’ unions must campaign to improve a labour market that is failing a generation.

“It is very likely that the unemployment level for young people will tip across the one million mark. This means a recession of opportunities to study, a recession of jobs for young people, and a recession of prospects for the future.

“While previous generation may have looked on the labour market as a land of opportunity, this generation looks on it as the abyss.

“The current youth jobs crisis is not simply a recessionary ‘blip’ but a long-term and deep seated problem. Our labour market is failing to deliver economic prosperity, social justice and wellbeing for the majority.”

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Tim Lezard

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