David Cameron has announced plans to stop young people going straight from school to a life on benefits “on the sofa”. He has said that 18-21-year-olds will be barred from claiming Job Seeker’s or housing benefit to make sure they are “earning or learning”.
The £300m savings that would come from the cuts will be spent on increasing the number of paid apprentices. This of course can benefit small businesses and the office and commercial industry.
Many who leave school at 18 may not have many qualifications but are computer savvy; others would benefit from an apprenticeship learning a trade.
Self-made millionaire Charlie Mullins says British businesses will welcome the news. “I have been campaigning for this for some time. When I first picked up my tool bag as a trainee plumber I knew it could give me a good living, but I didn’t have a clue it would lead me to become a champion for vocational training and, in particular, apprentices.”
Mr Mullins has made a £15million fortune from his Pimlico Plumbers business.