Sep 2 2010 Harrow Observer
SCHOOL leavers are finding university places and jobs hard to find this year despite yet another success on the exam front.
A record number of students have missed out on higher education places and unemployment is still worryingly high as the country continues to try to escape recession.
Therefore, the youth work being done in the borough to give these young people encouragement and advice must be praised.
Harrow Connexions is working tirelessly to get through to those who are in danger of becoming NEETs - those not in education, employment or training - and show them some creative alternatives.
Introducing the teenagers to rap group USG at Wealdstone Youth Centre this week highlighted to school leavers that it can be easy to fall in with the wrong crowd or turn to crime when career moves prove difficult.
But the trio also showed that hard work and focus, even in industries notoriously difficult to succeed in, have their rewards.
It is imperative to offer workshops, and to help young people with writing CVs, interview techniques and opportunities in training.
Such classes can only be a good thing for those who are finding it tough to forge careers during a difficult economic climate - usually through no fault of their own.