Council supports calls to do more for young people furthest away from the labour market

Hounslow Council has joined with 89 youth employment experts who have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for an ‘opportunity guarantee ‘of an education place for all young people.

Published: Tuesday, 7th September 2021

Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Youth and Children’s Services,

As part of the Youth Employment Group, Hounslow Council has joined with 89 youth employment experts who have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for an ‘opportunity guarantee ‘of an education place, apprenticeship or job - for all young people.

Last year, at the height of the pandemic, the Prime Minister made a public commitment to an ‘Opportunity Guarantee’ so that all young people could get the help that they need to get into work through investment in employment support, education, training and jobs.

To address the youth unemployment crisis, the Youth Employment Group are calling upon the PM to implement a three-stage approach to improve the prospects of young people in the post-COVID economy.

Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Youth and Children’s Services, said: “We know the pandemic has adversely affected young people, with long-term unemployment at its highest level in 5 years. As part of helping the recovery of our borough, and the country, we need the Government to take responsibility and help tackle the youth unemployment crisis through an ‘opportunity guarantee.

“Young people are the future, and we need to ensure we are providing them with the opportunities to flourish and become active members of our community.

“In Hounslow we have been actively supporting young people aged 14-19 who are not currently in Education, Employment or Training through our Hounslow Connexions Service. We have also been supporting young people aged 19 and over looking for work or training opportunities through our Work Hounslow Service. If you or anyone you know would benefit from either of these services, please use the details below to get in touch with the relevant teams.”

The Hounslow Connexions Service provides free impartial careers advice and guidance on the full range of post 16 options available. You can call the service on 020 8583 5151 or visit the Hounslow  Connexions website.

The Work Hounslow Service provides free Information, Advice and Guidance, access to local opportunities and signposting to local services. Full details of the service offer and how to get in touch can be found at the Welcome to Work Hounslow | Work Hounslow website

Read the full letter from the Youth Employment Group.

 

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