With youth unemployment stuck above pre-recession levels and the Government due to introduce a new Youth Obligation - the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at getting young people into work - YMCA went out and spoke to young people about the support they currently get and what they felt was needed to help them into work.
Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.
So for now, it's back to my temp job ( I'm sat here now with nothing but this computer, my phone and people walking past this reception desk either ignoring me or being told "I smell delicious" by an old man), and some good comedy gigs to look forward to. Have a good weekend and if you don't enjoy your job, walk out. NOW (you won't regret it).
I'm trying not to be too negative. It could still turn around. I could get a job tomorrow. Maybe one day I'll have my dream job where I'll be paid for my work. I'll laugh with my colleagues and have business lunches until one day ... So I beat on, scouring the internet for jobs, borne back ceaselessly into the couch.
We've all heard horror stories of newbie bosses asking some of the most ridiculous questions and expecting sensible answers. So James has followed suit by coming up with and researching some of the most difficult interview questions possible. Obviously all done with humour in mind. The victim for this week, who is trying to secure a job interview at Haskell Enterprises, is Travis Allan...
I've always been hankering for more. As a physiotherapist, it is half science and half art, and I do love both. But at school, I was always an artist first, and science took second place. My teenage hobby was making super-8 films. In a funny way, I still feel like an artist and somehow I want down the wrong path.
I turned my back on University to set up in business and with the help of support agencies in my hometown of Sheffield I have never looked back... In the 21st Century connected world, if you put your mind to it you can definitely achieve it. Get a mentor, approach employers, take part in training opportunities and good luck!