A Youth Friendly update

As our #YouthFriendlyMP event draws near it seemed like a good time to reflect on progress the Youth Friendly badge has made.

So far we have had 768 applications, our Youth Friendly Badge holders range from MP’s, Corporates SME’s, charities and youth organisations.

We have developed partnerships with a number of organisations who have become Youth Friendly Champions; this means that they are now acting as delivery partners for their own network, using the badge to increase employer engagement.  Our champions include:

  • National Sales Academy
  • REED  NCFE
  • London Youth (Talent Match)

We are looking at building up our network of Champions in 2014 so that more organisations can benefit from being Youth Friendly.

We are most excited by the impact the Youth Friendly badge can have where our badge holders are looking to influence their own supply chain to become Youth Friendly; building communities of organisations who are all committed in some form to support young people.

The best example of this so far is in the town of Corby, Northamptonshire.  Where the local MP, Andy Sawford has become a supporter of the badge, Andy has since encouraged the local Council to adopt the badge and use their procurement supply chain to encourage local employers to adopt Youth Friendly behaviour.  In a town with high levels of youth unemployment and concerns around young people leaving school without a GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English this is an excellent way of supporting those young people and the skills gap.

The Council, local college (Tresham), training provider (Nital), MP and Youth Employment UK are now looking at other events and opportunities to encourage a youth friendly town.

Another fantastic example is of Kent County Council who has a badge holder have committed to;

Promoting Youth Friendly Badge:

  • Write to all Kent MPs to ask them to support the event on July 9th
  • Invite Kent MPs to support employment events organised by the Skills and Employability Service
  • Through KCC Networks invite Kent Employers to sign up to the Youth Friendly badge
  • Award the Youth Friendly badge to all exhibitors at the 2014 KentChoices4ULive Event
  • KCC holding internal meeting to review procurement processes to support youth employment.
  • KCC are organising a Task Group with key partners to focus on Youth Unemployment – it will look at the Youth Friendly Badge as part of the new strategy.

Our hope is to build on the Youth Friendly Trailblazers and encourage more local authorities, LEP’s, employers and communities to support us in creating a Youth Friendly UK.

Here are some of our recent badge holders:

  • Academy for Health
  • Acorn Training Consultants Ltd
  • Andy Sawford MP
  • Apprenticeship4England
  • Aspira Consulting
  • Aspire Training Team
  • Austin Dean Recruitment
  • Baltic Training Services
  • Barker Brooks/The Apprenticeship Guide
  • Blue Water Training
  • bright Futures
  • Bristol Community Health
  • British Youth Council
  • Broadstreet JCP
  • Caluna
  • Capital Group
  • Care Training East Midlands
  • Chameleon School of Contraction
  • Chloe Smith
  • Corby Borough Council
  • Creative Academies
  • Creative Alliance
  • Dash Coaching
  • Eden Training Ltd
  • Employment4Students
  • Esquared
  • Face to Face
  • Future-talent.com
  • Global Action Plan
  • Hesketh Barlow
  • Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC)
  • Hot Tap Media
  • ICAEW
  • In Touch Care Ltd
  • InspireEducation
  • JAMS Training
  • JJ Churchill Ltd.
  • Joan Gooder Food Safety
  • KATS Ltd
  • Kent County Council
  • Kruger
  • Leap
  • London Work Based Learning Alliance
  • London Youth
  • Malet Lambert School
  • Mike Freer MP
  • National Skills for Health
  • National Youth Agency
  • NCC Resources
  • NITAL
  • Not going to uni
  • Office of Matthew Hancock
  • Outstanding Careers
  • Persona HR
  • Pertemps People Development Group
  • Projects Work CIC
  • Rate my apprenticeship
  • Santander
  • Sarah Champion MP
  • Savills UK Ltd
  • Signature Strength
  • Silver Skills
  • Smart DS LTD
  • Spraylat International Ltd
  • Streetscape
  • Strive Development
  • Tesco
  • The Big Academy
  • The Dare2Dream Foundation
  • The Geffrye Museum
  • The Pictures  Associates ltd
  • The Plus Team
  • The Reed NCFE Partnership
  • TUI Travel PLC
  • UK Power Networks
  • UK Youth
  • Virenda Sharma MP
  • Winterhalter
  • Work Force Development
  • YHA England and Wales
  • Young Britain

If you want to get involved with our work to make the UK Youth Friendly please visit our Youth Friendly website or contact us via info@youthemployment.org.uk

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