Long term youth unemployment has rocketed since 2010 – up by over 1,000 percent in Greenwich Borough alone. For tens of thousands of young people who cannot find work across the country, there is no recovery at all.
The cost to the economy is profound – as higher unemployment leads to lost economic productivity and higher welfare costs. But the cost for each unemployed young person is even more profound: unemployment can have scarring effects on wages; increase the likelihood of future spells of unemployment; and affect mental and physical wellbeing.
That is why Clive Efford joined forces with Greenwich Community College to organise ‘Eltham Works’ – a jobs fair for young people at the College’s campus at the Eltham Centre.
Clive said “I organised the fair because I am extremely concerned about the levels of unemployment locally. The idea is simple. Get the people looking to employ staff in the same room as those looking for work.”
I was delighted with the numbers and quality of the employers involved. They included major international companies, as well as local small businesses.”
Over 150 young people visited the fair. Clive said “It’s clear we have lots of talented young people in Eltham, many of whom are struggling to find a job at the moment – they have the skills to do the work, they just need a helping hand finding the right job.”