Friday, 01 February 2013

Youthwork: Are we making segregation worse?

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The dividing lines in our country across incomes, ethnicities and age damage the most vulnerable the most.

Young people from low income families suffer in particular. To build a fairer Britain, we need these children to make friends with high aspirations.

Instead our system of allocating social housing and school places means many grow up detached from those with high aspirations. They rarely meet someone for whom a skilled apprenticeship or place at university is an obvious choice. While other young people meet friends’ parents who can offer work experience and jobs, they remain locked out of these critical networks.

And our response to this segregation?

We spend millions on programmes training young people for work.

But to save money funders ensure only disadvantaged young people are trained.


So they can meet each other.


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