Following the successful Youth Employment Event held at Alcoa on 24th Sept we are now holding a follow up event at the Pump in Shard End to gather the views of local young people and stimulate a discussion between them and local businesses about how easy or difficult it is to get into work.
The event is titled “What’s all this Biz about?” and also has a twitter presence at #allthisbiz.
Some 14 busy business people have kindly made themselves available to attend this event and meet up with the young people from the locality to discuss, listen, learn and share ideas about the working environment and how young people can engage with it and benefit from it.
BSA Machine Tools Ltd have not only sent their Managing Director but have also very kindly allowed two of their apprentices to attend and share their experience of work, and what being on apprenticeship has meant to them.
Yesterday The Independent, Page: 18 announced:- “More than 950,000 under-25’s are now unemployed according to the Institute for Public Policy Research, with youth unemployment in the UK increasing steadily relative to adult unemployment.” So this meeting is very timely.
This event was part of the Action Plan put in place to deliver the recommendations of the SIP White Paper. Commitment 1.2 Develop an approach to ‘locales’. – Locales aim to bring community development and economic development together. It also helps address the proposal to pilot local economic summits in Districts across the city as outlined in the City Council Leader’s Policy Statement 2013.