It has been a good couple of weeks for The Found Generation. Our recent report, Practical Solutions to UK Youth Unemployment, was cited in a debate in Parliament in Westminster Hall on youth employment. This was a debate which we had been backing and calling for behind the scenes. Chloe Smith MP, a former minister and head of the Norwich for Jobs campaign, gave the opening speech in the debate and referred to us in the speech:
“National policy, which the Minister will set out in more detail, ranges across the radical expansion of apprenticeships to the package of measures under the Youth Contract, which include incentives for employers to take on young people. Many organisations in the third sector also contribute enormously to encouraging young people throughout the country, some by means of formal contracts with the state. Campaign groups such as The Found Generation add to that. The Found Generation is youth-led and aims to tackle Britain’s youth unemployment and prevent a lost generation. It has recently published a report entitled “Practical Solutions to UK Youth Unemployment”, which I commend to hon. Members.”
The Youth Friendly Badge scheme created by Youth Employment UK and backed by us was also cited in the debate by Pamela Nash MP, Chair of the APPG on the Youth Unemployment – she also referred in passing to the #YouthFriendlyMP launch event on Wednesday 9 July which we attended, where Chloe and Pamela were two of the speakers.