We are actively involved in the activities of the Youth Employment UK group, and our Director, Andrew, sits on the group’s Advisory Board. One of YEUK’s main initiatives is the Youth Friendly Badge (pictured on the right), which has already been adopted by major employers including Santander, Tesco, UK Power Networks and Kent County Council. To receive the Badge, all that is required is for employers is to sign YEUK’s Positive Youth Charter; to commit to two “youth friendly” activities a year; and to self-assess their behaviour as an employer against a set of 8 “youth friendly” characteristics.
We are therefore very pleased to be an official campaign partner on the group’s new Youth Friendly MPs campaign. This campaign calls for all Members of Parliament to sign up for the Youth Friendly Badge and to promote it to businesses, local councils and other employers in their constituencies. This will culminate in an event in Parliament on 9 July 2014 when all MPs will be encouraged to attend and sign up for the Badge if they have not already done so.
The campaign is being hosted in conjunction with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Unemployment and already has a range of supporters including the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), UK Youth, Notgoingtouni and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). It has also received the early backing of a number of MPs including Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP (pictured).
We are very pleased to support this campaign and we hope it will provide a major boost to ongoing efforts to tackle youth unemployment.