Did you know – that youth employment is now one of the greatest challenges facing the country? Nearly 1.5 million young people have been identified as not in employment, education or training (NEET). Within Staffordshire, the districts of Lichfield, Cannock Chase and Newcastle under Lyme were identified as showing a high numbers of NEETs and so with Big Lottery funding, Talent Match Staffordshire was developed to support these young people into work.
The current economic climate means that more and more young people are at risk of becoming long term unemployed and moving further away from being work ready.
Unemployment is damaging at any age, but for young people, long-term unemployment can seriously harm future life prospects.
Long-term youth unemployment can mean lower earnings, further unemployment and ill health later in life. It means greater inequality between rich and poor, because the effects hit the most disadvantaged hardest.
Despite the eagerness to secure employment, many young people are coming out of school, college and university and are facing barriers into work. They quickly lose confidence in their own abilities and are more at risk of struggling with depression.
So what can be done? If you are an employer all we ask of you is this. Take on ONE young person. This could be through employment, or by means of a work placement. Give them that chance to prove themselves and benefit your organisation in the process.
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody” – Malcolm Bane
But wait…there’s more! Not only will you contribute to better the prospects of a young person but your organisation will also be;
- contributing towards its Corporate Social Responsibility
- motivating colleagues and stakeholders to be involved in a worthwhile project
- raising employability and business skills in local communities
- raising its profile of an employer of choice
- increasing its workforce in the most cost effective way