Teens need Saturday jobs, says minister

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Schoolchildren should get part-time jobs to assist prepare them for the work environment, the task and pensions secretary has said.

Esther McVey said the lady did not think they were “lazy” yet there had been a “significant decrease” in the number of teenagers working on the Saturday.

She told the Everyday Telegraph there have been a fall of up to 60% within the numbers of young people with weekend work.

As a result many was missing the “soft skills” needed for function, she said.

“What you’ve seen from the 1980s, especially in this country, is far less people doing Saturday jobs plus doing jobs after school, inch she said in an interview with all the newspaper.

“It’s regarding people understanding what a boss desires and what you want out of a job. inch

Fewer teenagers have part-time tasks

My Saturday job began my career

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Image caption Esther McVey worked in a bistro

She stated the fall in Saturday jobs can partly be as a result of an increased concentrate on school work.

However , the lady added that as a consequence many young people did not have the skills required for the particular workplace – such as good timekeeping and the ability to detach from their mobile phones.

The work and pensions secretary said she had worked well in her family’s business as well as a bistro when she was nevertheless in education.

‘Struggle to balance function and school’

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Image caption Marie-Therese, sixteen, balances working in a pub along with her schoolwork

Marie-Therese, Oxford: “As a 16-year-old I have already been working as a food runner within an upscale pub for a few months today.

“I function Saturdays and some Sundays and truthfully, I struggle to balance my A-level work with my paid work.

“The ever increasing stress from school to focus on schoolwork is really hard to balance with the stress that comes with doing work in a very busy pub and I just continue to work due to the need for cash. ”

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Ann Lipman: “My 14-year-old daughter does students swim teacher job. She functions twice after school for a couple of hrs and on a Saturday morning.

“Our local council arranged this up where they take a training course and then they are able to assist a fully competent teacher.

“She loves the job and it gives the girl independence and is teaching her to handle money. ”

Emily, London: “I had a weekend job in a store until a few years ago, where I actually worked alongside other sixth-form college students. We were paid less than other employees and cash in hand.

“My selective school had been furious I was working weekends rather than revising for A-levels, but I had developed no choice financially.

“Given the unnecessary educational pressures on teenagers, I am not really surprised if fewer opt to focus on weekends. ”

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Image caption Harrison continues to be working since the age of 14

Harrison Taylor, Bournemouth: “I have had a job since I was fourteen working with special needs children at school holidays when I had much less tension on me schoolwork-wise.

“Now I’m 20, There are got a lot of friends who are looking to get their first jobs now right after they’ve left sixth form and they are really struggling because employers wish people with working experience.

“I understand students’ unwillingness to take part-time work during the college term, but I don’t understand the reason why many are reluctant to get seasonal function – particularly in the summer. ”

‘Restrictions stop me personally employing teens’

Matthew Griffin, York: “Owning a cafe in You are able to, I have been approached by more 14/15-year-olds than people over 16 for any job.

“Unfortunately I have had to turn them all lower. Being a small employer with 3 staff in on a Saturday, the particular much stricter rules around fails and health and safety stop me taking the help of them. ”

Darren Lamb, Headley: “I employ nearly 100 14-16-year-olds. The reason there has been a drop with this age group is 100% government embrace restrictions on the hours they can function, what they can and can’t perform etc .

“Last Wednesday we had an open interview which all of us only advertised on our company Fb page and had 74 14-16-year-olds go to.

“Very few companies employ this age group due to all of the restrictions and it gets worse season on year.

“Whoever decides on this child employment plan never takes into account the life skills they may be attaining. ”

Analysis released in December suggested the number of schoolchildren having a part-time job had fallen with a fifth over the previous five many years.

The results came from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the BBC to all private sector organisations across the UK responsible for issuing kid employment permits.

Companies need to apply for a licence to hire staff members under the age of 16.

Ms McVey’s comments follow the release of a record earlier this week from the government’s migration advisers, which said that Britons had been seen as less hard-working and much less reliable than EU workers.

The interim report will be part of a review assessing the effect of Brexit on the UK work market.

Ms McVey said: “Lets not put ourself down, we’ve got a very hard functioning nation, we’ve now got report numbers of people in employment plus nine out of 10 are UNITED KINGDOM nationals doing those jobs, which has increased significantly.

“But exactly what we’ve got to make sure we do intended for business leaders is to say we have to support you, we’ve got to make sure we have the right people you want to employ entering your business. ”