60seconds Sam: How can we help more young people into work?
Lately, stories about job cuts have featured heavily in our bulletins. With youth unemployment reaching almost a million, it's become clear that young people are bearing the brunt of the current economic downturn. We'll be tackling this issue and passing on top tips on how to improve your chances of getting a job in BBC Three's new series Up For Hire Live next week.
Latest figures show that between June and August the number of young people out of work jumped by 74,000 to a total of 991,000. Overall, 2.57 million people are now unemployed across the UK - a 17-year high.
What's being done to help young people get jobs?
In May, David Cameron vowed to reverse the trend of rising youth unemployment. The coalition government announced measures worth £60million to help vulnerable young people get into work. They include 250,000 more Apprenticeships over the next four years and 100,000 work placements over the next two years.
However, Labour was quick to dismiss the package as "inadequate". They believe the real problem is the lack of growth in the economy leading to fewer jobs for young people. Last month, the Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham told Labour's party conference that school leavers were being left to "fend for themselves" and more needs to be done to help kids who don't plan on going to university. He's calling for a clearer central system for Apprenticeships.
Unions have also been pressing for more action to tackle the problem. The TUC general secretary Brendan Barber criticised the government's decision to axe the Future Jobs Fund - a scheme that created temporary jobs for young people who were long-term unemployed. He's urged ministers to stop their deep spending cuts.
So, where do you think the problem lies? What should the government be doing to get this huge jobless figure down? Or should big businesses be doing more to help young people get a job? Let us know what you think.
You can watch Up For Hire Live nightly from 17th-20th October on BBC Three at 9pm and get involved by tweeting @bbc3tv using #UpForHire or go to the Up For Hire Facebook page where you can also read up on advice given by the different companies involved in the show.
If you're struggling to find work check out the Up For Hire website - there's lots of help and advice on putting together your CV, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.
Journalist Sam Naz presents the 60seconds news bulletins on BBC Three