During these busy times at Westminster, we are grateful to the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, who recently found time in a packed diary to meet us following a recommendation from the Rt Hon Damian Hinds.
The Minister’s office has since written to us with a confirmation of her support for our work:
“Thank you for a great meeting with Minister Milton on Thursday 28th November to discuss how Youth Employment UK support young people to access information and resources about the world of work. Of particular interest to the Minister was the online platform that Youth Employment UK serviced to connect young people to employers. Supporting the Minister from the department was Alison Britton from the Careers team.
The Minister was intrigued to learn about the Young Professional and how it is being used by young people all over the UK to build their knowledge and confidence in key skills needed for education and employment. The Minister recognised the importance and need to simplify the language used to around skills when supporting young people and valued your research and recommendations made in the 2017 Employability Skills Review. Not least as the review included young people, employers and colleagues from a range of stakeholders.
The Minister was very encouraged to hear about how the Careers Hub is providing young people with clear, coherent ‘go-to’ careers advice and connecting them with employers who have achieved the Youth Friendly Employer Award. The Minister recognises the challenges within the sector in finding a way to give good quality and inspiring careers information to all young people, the Careers Hub and connectivity to quality employers was really interesting along with your impressive reach into youth audiences.
The Minister valued your partnership work and was very supportive of your partnership plans with organisations such as WorldSkills UK.”
Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of Youth Employment UK said “We are delighted that the Minister has agreed to publicly endorse the work of Youth Employment UK, we have worked closely with the Department for a number of years bringing young peoples voices into policy discussions and research work. The Department is working on a significant number of priorities and for Minister Milton to have time with us to express her keen interest in our work and the views and voices of the young people in our network was excellent.”
The photo taken above was from the Ministers attendance at the APPG for Youth Employment where she met with some of Youth Ambassadors.