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My plea to everyone who sees the value in a 'national service option' for UK is to stop wishing for some vague concept of former glory and get involved in shaping the recommendations of this review by responding to its call for evidence and pushing the Government to act following the release of its recommendations.
The last few weeks have been emotionally trying for all of us. With tensions running high ahead of the General Election, we
We need to give more young people the skills and opportunities, and empower them to inspire more than just a generation - they could create an entire social movement.
Young people hear so much about the need to do well in their exams but virtually nothing on the need to invest in themselves as people, and yet that's what will set them up for success in the workplace--and in life. Young people face so many challenges during their transition to adulthood and employment. Giving them the tools to do that successfully is surely the responsibility of our society. Ofsted's report should be a wake-up call to make that a reality.
It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.
So Mr Gove, I hope I have been able to show you that 'school service', as a positive force rather than the punitive one you alluded to, has the potential to help pupils so much more than picking up litter.
Government, the private, public and voluntary sectors are taking some big strides towards making social action a normal part of growing up in Britain. We have the opportunity to broaden that ambition to also make youth unemployment unheard of.