A further 35 apprentices have started work at Derbyshire County Council as part of Derbyshire Labour’s promise to create job opportunities for the county’s young people. The apprentices will also be paid the minimum wage after Derbyshire Labour recently scrapped the appalling £2.65 wage rate the Tories paid to young people for four years.
Commenting on the news, Cllr Kevin Gillott, the Labour Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:
“Young people in Derbyshire have been treated appallingly by this Tory government. The Government has done nothing to help our young people and in fact they have made life much harder for them. There are over one million young people unemployed; their E.M.A has been scrapped and tuition fees have been trebled to £9,000 a year!
The government should listen to young people. Many can’t get a job, can’t get a house and can’t afford an education. It is no wonder that three quarters of a million young people think they ‘have nothing to live for.’ It is simply wrong that 40% of young people have suffered with the symptoms of mental illness because they are out of work. The government should be ashamed that one in three young people who are long-term unemployed have contemplated suicide, whilst one in four have admitted to self-harming.
This is why we are doing our bit at Derbyshire County Council for young people by creating 500 apprenticeships and scrapping the appalling £2.65 wage rate. But even though we are trying our best it is not enough. We need a government that invests in our young people by creating jobs, building houses and not saddling them with debt because they went to university.”