youth employment

Bill English back on his hobby horse about young people being unemployable

In April last year, English made few friends and gave the opposition an easy 48 hours of material for talk back an media commentary when he expressed his frustration on behalf of employers who were having trouble finding decent calibre people.

He’s had another go yesterday

Young Kiwis not passing drug tests is a problem for employers filling jobs in skills shortage areas, Prime Minister Bill English says.

While there are good initiatives across New Zealand to match locals with skills shortage jobs, he says drug issue means migrant workers are still needed.

“One of the hurdles these days is just passing the drug tests,” Mr English said on Monday. Read more »

Dodgy policy, dodgy sums, dodgy leader

Andrew Little

Red Claire must have drawn the short straw to attend Labour’s 100th conference. She’s certainly not happy about it, having written?three negative articles.

Andrew Little will probably label her a right-winger.

She exposes the stupidity of his youth employment policy.

Labour leader Andrew Little says a proposal to give unemployed young people six months of full-time community work at the minimum wage will not be compulsory but there will be an expectation they take part – and possible sanctions if they don’t.

Little released the policy at the party’s annual conference in Auckland, where the focus is on jobs.

Expected to cost $60 million a year, it will provide unemployed people under the age of 24 with “jobs” in the community and environment, such as pest control work or riparian planting with the Department of Conservation, local councils or charities such as City Missions and food banks.

Dubbed “Ready for Work” it will be for those who have been on the dole for at least six months – but will pay the minimum wage of $15.25 an hour rather than the dole.

Little said those on the dole for more than six months would be expected to take part.

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