I have a sense of déjà vu. I run a charity that helps young jobless people and there are already similar incentives available via local councils . The problem is that these headline grabber rarely translate into anything meaningful and long term . Anybody remember the YTS of the 1980s ? Nicknamed the Yobs Training Scheme it had scallies running around performing menial tasks. It certainly taught them something – that you can manipulate the figures with duff schemes. Most disaffected youth are not going to change simply because they have a shiny hi-vis jacket and are in a dead end job picking up litter that they themselves discarded the night before as they staggered back from a late night party. Enough of the cynicism – what do I suggest ? Simple – let’s have a meaningful education system with decent discipline and ethical values. Enjoy the challenge.

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