Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister, responding to today’s work experience figures, said:
“Labour believes in the value of Work Experience. It’s a tragedy that this out-of touch Tory-led Government made such a complete shambles of introducing its work experience schemes earlier this year, discouraging both employers and young people from taking part.
“The Government needs to do much more to take responsibility for ensuring there are more real jobs for young people. They should start by bringing in Labour’s Real Jobs Guarantee, paid for by a tax on bankers’ bonuses, which would guarantee a proper job that they would have to take for 110,000 young people out of work for a year.”