Belfast Telegraph

Campaign group in protest at 'jobs future'

A campaign group is to stage a protest outside the headquarters of a Government department to highlight the "brutal" future faced by young people looking for work.

Youth Fight for Jobs will hold the demonstration outside the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in central London on Saturday, days after tens of thousands of teenagers receive their A-level results.

Suzanne Beishon, London organiser of Youth Fight for Jobs, said: "There are 10,000 fewer university places coupled with a record increase in applications as young people and workers look to university as an alternative to unemployment.

"It is expected that 180,000 university applicants will be turned away with some university vice-chancellors saying it will be closer to 250,000.

"At the same time, youth unemployment stands at around 923,000 and will rise dramatically as young people are forced out of choosing to go into full-time education.

"Despite this crisis and the threat of a lost generation, the Con-Dem government continues to cut university funding, threatens increased fees and attacks job opportunities for young people."

Ben Robinson, the group's chairman, added: "This protest is to launch a national campaign in schools and colleges across the country against the attacks on young peoples' right to free high quality education."

Queen's University and the University of Ulster have 53,300 applications from 21,680 people for 8,378 first-year places this year.

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