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Neets need skills not short-term training

The argument over whether an individual should be able to claim Jobseeker's Allowance while in training is not a new one ("The only way out?", 9 March). But, with Neet (not in education, employment or training) figures at a record high since the 1980s, it is clear that the government needs to take a fresh approach. The benefits system should support the acquisition of skills.

However, there is little use in putting people on short-term and undemanding training courses for the sake of reducing unemployment statistics. It is disheartening for the individual as it doesn't result in making them any more employable and is a waste of resources at a time when budgets are being cut.

Training must be beneficial to the individual by providing skills that are sought by employers. It is only by providing rigorous occupational training that we will help people into the workforce and see a reduction in those classified as Neet.

Jane Scott Paul, Chief executive, AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).

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