Good Youth Employment Charter and 1000 Opportunities Campaign Launched September 2020

The Good Youth Employment Charter and 1,000 Opportunities Campaign have been launched by Youth Employment UK and a network of partners. Employers can support the campaign and receive a Youth Friendly Employer Badge for free.

As we see youth unemployment levels rise, the risks that lie ahead for young people are becoming clear. Coronavirus continues to challenge the way we live and work and young people as a group face the biggest employment impact. Those furthest from the labour market are disportionately affected widening gaps in our communities.

What is the Good Youth Employment Charter?

The Good Youth Employment Charter has been developed in collaboration with a range of youth employment experts and young people including The Youth Employment Group.

It aims to provide a framework to support, inspire and recognise all those employers who are committed to providing good quality opportunities to young people.

What is the 1,000 Opportunities campaign?

The Youth Employment Group has identified that #1000opportunities need to be created per day in order to bring youth unemployment levels down to pre-covid rates. The Opportunity Guarantee and investment in the #planforjob campaign including Kickstart and increased incentives around apprenticeship are welcome, but the focus is rightly shifting to the quality of those opportunities.

Young people are going to need the government, employers and providers to make a gigantic effort to develop the volume of quality opportunities they need.

And in order to support the development of these opportunities, Youth Employment UK are making access to the Youth Friendly Employer Badge and the support that goes with it free of charge.

Support the campaign and gain the Youth Friendly Employer Badge

Organisations will be able to join the likes of Coca-Cola European Partners, St. James’ Place, Prezzo, McDonalds and a number of SME’s, youth organisations and providers in a community effort to create and be recognised for their youth friendly employment opportunities.

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The wide-ranging benefits of the Youth Friendly Employer Badge include:

  • Youth Friendly Employer Badge assets to use on your communications, digital media and in house documents
  • Members platform including downloadable resources (including our new Kickstart Guide), case studies, webinars and other resources to support members
  • Access to the Good Youth Employment Charter Toolkit
  • Monthly Newsletter including latest policy information and insight from government and general youth employment updates
  • Opportunities to attend events and influence policy
  • A listing in our Youth Friendly Employer database accessed by >100,000 young people per month
  • Single social card circulated through Youth Employment UK’s social media channels

How to apply:

To apply for the Youth Friendly Employer Badge an organisation must first agree to work towards the Principles of Good Youth Employment, as outlined in the Good Youth Employment Charter.

These 5 Principles were first developed by Youth Employment UK and its network of young people and partners in 2012 and have recently been reviewed as part of the work of the Youth Employment Group who have supported the development of the Good Youth Employment Charter Toolkit.

Employers: These are the 5 core principles of good youth employment. Do they sound like your organisation?

Message from our CEO, Laura-Jane Rawlings

“Making access to the Youth Friendly Employer Badge and the support that comes with it free of charge was an easy decision to make. We were established in 2012 following the last youth unemployment crisis and it is our core mission to support young people not in education, employment or training and tackle youth unemployment. Making it as easy for employers and the organisations that support them to understand and be recognised for their quality opportunities is going to be an essential part of the recovery.”

Join us in our campaign for Good Youth Employment. Download the Youth Friendly Employer Social Media Pack.

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For more information, please email info@youthemployment.org.uk or call 01536 513388.

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