Thursday, 22 October 2009

It's time to back young Britain

'Backing young Britain' is bringing businesses and public and voluntary sectors together to ensure that the valuable skills and experience of our young people aren't being wasted...

Tapping into the enthusiasm and potential of young people will be vital as we start to move out of recession so we need to give them the chance to flourish. Most are keen to work and just need that first break. And if they get it, they'll pour their ambition and motivation into your school, your business, your community. Giving a young person their break can mean that you:
  • Address skills gaps;
  • Access a range of Government support;
  • Provide a workforce for the future;
  • Send a positive message to the local community.

Although times are tough, we can all play a part. The Government are asking schools, businesses and community organisations to commit to one or more of the following:

  • Offer volunteer places or become a volunteer mentor for school or university leavers;
  • Provide work experience opportunities;
  • Offer internships to graduates, 18 year olds and non-graduates;
  • Consider a young person for a job through a work trial;
  • Supply apprenticeship opportunities for 16-24 year olds;
  • Bid for one of the 100,000 jobs for young people from the Future Jobs Fund;
  • Engage in a Local Employment Partnership.

If you want to find out more about the things that you can do to help visit the 'Backing young Britain' website at


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