Work: the facts
1 million young people aged between 16 and 25 were out of work last year, representing approximately one in three unemployed, according to 1994 British Youth Council figures.

88,000 school leavers were unemployed in 1994, 12,000 were receiving income support of approximately £34 per week, and 292,000 16- and 17-year-olds were in government training schemes, according to government figures.

76,000 school leavers have slipped through the training and benefit safety net and have no official form of income, according to government figures issued in June 1994.

22 per cent of under 19-year-olds were unemployed last year, compared with a national average of 12.4 per cent, according to government figures.

In London the unemployment rate for black males aged 16-24 is 62 per cent and young black men are three times more likely to be jobless than young white men, according to a Labour Force survey made public last week.

Graduate unemployment for ethnic minorities stands at 14 per cent, compared with 5 per cent for whites, according to a study conducted by Terence Braithwaite of the University of Coventry.

Between 1980 and 1992 the number of students in higher education doubled from 342,567 to 692,830. The proportion of school leavers without graded GCSEs or their equivalent more than halved between 1975 and 1991, according to the Department for Education.

71,328 graduates found work within six months of leaving university in 1993-1994, according to Central Services Unit figures, while 19,462 were still without work. 183,000 students are due to finish degrees in 1995.