YOUTH WORK FUNDING – back to the future

So – we’re gonna put an effort into youth employment – training and such.

Um, been there, done that. Got some old, faded piccys to prove it.

They were called PEP schemes, and our ones (I was a supervisor) were Work Skill Development Schemes.

1983-4, my involvement. I enjoyed it, in the social sense. Some of the young folk are still friends (not so young now!)


It didn’t work, didn’t do anything, and was an attempt to address the unaddressable.

Then as now.

I knew why, then. Went to a conference (incoming Labour, ’84, Employment something) and stated so, and why.

Deaf ears.

Then as now.


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