LETTER - Kids need a way forward

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I WOULD like to share my thoughts and concerns for the youngsters of today leaving school and making their way into adulthood trying to find employment in this crazy, crazy world.

I was lucky enough to leave school on the Friday and start work on the Monday like many more people in the 80s working continuously to this day.

I have a son who will be 18 years old in December who is currently studying at Wakefield College but would like to earn a bit of pocket money like a thousand other school leavers, to explore the world of today with his mates just like I wanted to do when I was this age.

He has tried and tried to find up to 10 hrs a week on days off which will give him the independence to mix with a wider audience of people but the same old message is given on the job description format, experience preferred.

How can you have experience when you have just left school, but you are willing to work for a few quid a week? The youngsters need a direction in life to promote skills, and independence, which are diverted away to playing console games for hours on end to blank out rejection after rejection trying to find a few a hours week.

When are the powers that be going to wake up and take action before it’s too late, or is nobody bothered about our youth of today?

Wayne Bridges

Wharfedale Drive