National charity Ernst and Young (EY) Foundation has announced a partnership with the Trafford Council, to address the issue of unemployed young people across Greater Manchester.
With the rate of unemployment amongst 18 to 25-year-olds in Britain at a sizeable 13.75 per cent, young people are experiencing the ‘worst economic prospects for several generations’, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The newly formed EY Foundation is looking to change that, by working with councils and local employers. They are seeking to get more young people from disadvantaged communities into work, by offering access to paid work experience and mentoring.
The Charity’s Chief Executive, Maryanne Mathews said, “The opportunity for young people to spend quality time with local employers, is essential to making a smooth transition from education into work, particularly from statutory education”.
Trafford Council has already begun looking at ways it can work with local employers, to help unemployed youth in Greater Manchester. It will also be supporting the charity’s Smart Futures programme for a third year running.
The programme is a national initiative to increase the employment prospects of young people in England and Scotland. It is designed to connect young people in Year 12 with local employers, like Trafford Council, providing access, experience and skills development – to secure a job after statutory education.
Chief Executive of the Trafford Council, Theresa Grant said. “The council recognises the importance of offering work placement and mentoring opportunities, and is looking forward to working in partnership the Foundation to enable young people to gain experience, skills and development”.
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