David Cameron said: "You know our work experience programme, where we give young people the chance to work in a supermarket, a shop, an office?
Here's what one union official said about it. I quote: 'The scheme belongs back in the nineteenth century, along with Oliver Twist and the workhouse. It is nothing short of state sponsored slavery.'
What a snobbish, appalling attitude to the idea of work. We're not sending children up chimneys, were giving them a chance. What's cruel isn't asking something of people - it's when we ask nothing of them. Work isn't slavery, it's poverty that is slavery."
ITV News got instant reaction to David Cameron's speech from voters in Corby where a by-election is due to be held in November.
The Prime Minister said the power of enterprise and aspiration would help overcome the economic crisis.
Emphasising there's nothing complicated about him, the Prime Minister will stress how compassion is a key part of his philosophy for the UK.