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Youth charity Futureversity slams youth unemployment figures

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17 April 2013
Youth charity Futureversity slams youth unemployment figures

Today the ONS has announced that unemployment has risen by 70,000 to 2.56million. Futureversity was worried that the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds has risen by 20,000 to 979,000.

John Pepin, Chief Executive of Futureversity, said: ‘These statistics show that not enough is being done to support young people in the job market. Our charity is based in East London, which has some of the highest youth unemployment figures in London, and Tower Hamlets, for example has the highest percentage of child poverty in England. We work with out of work young people every day who tell us that they are not getting enough support. Local employers report that lack of key skills is a barrier for employing young people. More must be done.’

‘Young People have aspirations to work, but many just aren’t getting the support they need. Futureversity helps break down barriers for young people providing opportunities and knowledge of the job market trends. Whether it’s business or other skills based programmes, Futureversity strives to put on the very best opportunities, by putting young people in touch directly with industry professionals.’

We asked some of the unemployed young people working with us how they are coping at the moment.

Jamal, age 22: ‘There is very little guidance and support being offered. Young people are increasingly feeling lost and with no hope. We are left sitting idly, in the hope that things may eventually get better.’

Amy, age 24: ’it’s been 10 months since I’ve graduated, and with no signs of getting into employment anytime soon, I’ve lost all confidence. I feel depressed most days and now believe there is nothing for me to look forward to in life.’

Futureversity works with young people to help them build vital skills and confidence that will help them access opportunities, open paths to further education or employment. Our Job Ready programme works with young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and 63% of our participants have secured employment or further training upon completion of the programme. Our summer programme runs free activities and courses for young people which 70% of participants feel have made them more employable.

Media Enquiries

Please direct Media Enquires to John Pepin or Lola Ahonkhai by phone 020 7247 7900 or by email john.pepin@futureversity.org or lola.ahonkhai@futureversity.org

Notes to Editors

·         [Names of young people have been changed]

·         The ONS has announced that unemployment has risen to 2.56 million- an increase of 70,000

·         The BBC has calculated that the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds (henceforth referred to as ‘young people’) is now at 979,000- an increase of 20,000

·         The Campaign To End Child Poverty found that four in ten children in Tower Hamlets live in poverty in February 2013, the highest in the UK [http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/children-in-tower-hamlets-are-poorest-in-uk-with-42-per-cent-living-below-breadline-8502616.html]

·         London’s Poverty Profile collated information on unemployment rates in London Boroughs, finding Tower Hamlets to have the second worst [http://www.londonspovertyprofile.org.uk/indicators/topics/work-and-worklessness/unemployment-by-borough/]

·         Futureversity collected

·         Futureversity delivers award-winning free courses and activities for 11-25 year olds to help them develop skills and self-belief they need to make the most of their lives. Piloted as a crime prevention initiative in Tower Hamlets in 1995 (as Summer University), today the charity delivers learning opportunities thousands of young people in partnership with businesses and industry professionals. http://www.futureversity.org

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