A few weeks ago government ministers were preparing for youth unemployment to go over 1 million, that doesn’t include all those school leavers who can’t sign on until they are over 18 years of age, apparently the government plan to launch sector-based work academies across the UK designed to give people better access to work experience.
The new academies are designed to provide a combination of training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview to up to 50,000 people over the next two years with many of the opportunities going to young people. A drop in the ocean you might say particularly as in that two years thousands of school leavers would have left school and more unemployed youth would have reached the age to sign on.
Figures published in September showed the total number of 16- to 24 year-olds without a job rose to 972,000 in the three months to July.
Therefore the last thing you would expect the government to do is to encourage foreign youth to head for Britain to compete for what little employment is about.
However that is exactly what is happening following the announcement last month of Taiwan’s participation in the UK’s youth mobility scheme, Taiwan’s National Youth Commission has announced further details on how it will administer the ‘certificates of sponsorship’ that eligible Taiwanese will need in order to apply for this visa.
The youth mobility scheme will enable eligible Taiwanese people aged between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. How many will leave after their 2 years is up you might say.
To apply for a certificate of sponsorship, they will need to meet the eligibility criteria and register through the National Youth Commission’s website between 1st December and 20th December 2011. An allocation of 1,000 certificates of sponsorship will be made available in Taiwan.
If the Commission receives more than 1,000 eligible registrations, a computer programme will be used to randomly select 1,000.
If the Commission receives fewer than 1,000 eligible registrations, everyone who registers and meets the criteria will be allocated a certificate of sponsorship. A further registration period will begin in May 2012 to make up any shortfall in numbers.
More gormless government decisions
Yesterday I reported the Royal Navy haven’t a ship to patrol UK shores yet the Ministry of Defence is stepping up its contingency plans for a potential military strike against Iran as concerns grow over the Middle Eastern power’s nuclear programme. Hmmm WMD’s in Iraq comes to mind here, they weren’t found.
Reports last night said that the UK was prepared to support the United States in any military action against Tehran as Israel started testing ballistic missiles, raising fears of conflict within the region. The Royal Navy hasn’t even got an aircraft carrier and when Britain is going broke do we really need to lob millions of pounds of missiles and bombs into another foreign country.