College helps tackle issue of youth unemployment

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A PORTSMOUTH college has taken part in a national conference focusing on youth unemployment.

It was the sixth annual national NEET conference – NEET stands for Not in Employment, Education, or Training and is a term used to describe young people struggling to find work.

Simon Paine, head of the centre for entrepreneurship at Highbury College, ran a workshop to policy makers and researchers at the event in Birmingham.

He said: ‘I’ve met many young people who aren’t in work or education and they describe the experience like living in a black hole they can’t escape from. 

‘We need to use our guile, creativity and collective resources to tackle this problem for our society.’

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