Baroness Berridge is the youngest female member of the House of Lords, a Trustee of British Future and a former Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
New British Future polling shows that this age group is far more optimistic than their parents might guess, with 67% broadly optimistic about their future, and 33% broadly pessimistic. Their ideas and drive, their enthusiasm and creativity will support our businesses, provide new talent for our third sector and spark our entrepreneurs.
For those reasons, we don’t want the young people of Generation 2012, those who are entering or have just left education in this Olympic year, to fall by the wayside, their talents wasted, or for our struggling economy not to benefit from an injection of this new talent.
They have been branded as “the lost generation” by some, but clearly Britain cannot afford to lose the talent and energy of thousands. From those who just finished an NCVQ to post graduates signing off a PhD, the country needs the vitality of this generation to be put to best use.
Some analysts fear that business and the wider British economy will suffer if that injection of new blood every year does not arrive. Others, from parents to academics to economists, worry about the impact on Generation 2012 themselves if they spend years failing to get jobs that make use of their qualifications, or any jobs at all.