School & university leavers face years of unemployment or low paid unskilled work. The UK economy needs a practical, and business relevant, skilled workforce to help fuel growth. In parallel the pandemic has highlighted the lack of resilience of our public services and infrastructure.
This situation presents an opportunity to create a permanent massive scale programme to focus on improving services and infrastructure while simultaneously generating a highly skilled workforce. Young people (say 16 – 25 years) could be given the option of joining a government funded “civil army”
This national scheme could offer a 2 year vocational programme working in practical delivery against a coordinated list of priority local and national projects. Programmes could be accelerated with the extra resources and the participants would receive relevant skills and experience to boost their career chances. The list would be reviewed annually to evolve in line with changing needs.