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Getting back to work - youth unemployment

A college in Kent has signed up to a new scheme to help people off get off benefits and back to work.

K college is targeting what some say could become the 'lost generation', as long term youth unemployment continues to rise.

The institution will offer courses to long-term unemployed young people, in association with the Royal British Legion which works with people who have been unable to find a job for more than a year. Sarah Saunders reports.


K College strike: first picture

K College staff out on strike at the Tonbridge campus Credit: David Johns

Protestor have begun to gather outside the Tonbridge campus of K College in Kent to protest about plans to cut up to 145 jobs.

The college, whch has campuses across the county, is 11 million pounds in debt.

Campaigners are also fighting proposals to shut down the Folkestone campus.

K College staff to go on strike

Around 200 members of staff at K College in Kent are expected to take industrial action on the afternoon of Monday October 8. They are protesting at plans to make up to 145 members of staff redundant, following revelations that the institution is £11 million in debt.

Managers and the board of governors are due to hold a meeting about the college's financial situation this afternoon. Protesters fighting the cuts have set up a campaign group called 'Save K College' which has its own social media page.