Sympathy for budding apprentice

FRANCES Pitcher asks (Citizen, February 29) that if the apprenticeships that her son has applied for are genuine and not cheap labour, what are firms looking for?

Sadly, Mrs Pitcher’s son is not alone in having difficulty finding work. Across the UK, there are more than one million young people aged 16-25 not in education, employment, or training (Neets).

This figure shows that modern capitalism cannot give a future to its young people.

Why should employers in Wisbech take on a young person when they can get an endless supply of compulsory unpaid labour from the Job Centre, financed by the taxpayer, as part of the government’s misnamed Work Programme?

Like many school and college leavers, the difficulty of Mrs Pitcher’s son in finding work, at the end of the day, requires a political solution.

In the meantime, as a member of Unite the Union, I support all workers in opposing the cuts of the Con-Dem government which are being dictated by the banks and finance companies in the City of London.

We need to create jobs for our young people by introducing a 35-hour week; a minimum wage of £8 an hour regardless of age; retirement at 60; a council house building programme; together with the nationalisation of the City of London.

I feel very sorry for Mrs Pitcher’s son. I have a close relative of a similar age to her son who is also one of the one million Neets. I hope they both get jobs as soon as possible.

John Smithee