Young people aged 16 – 24 are to be given the opportunity to be part of designing a new funding programme from The Big Lottery Fund that aims to tackle youth unemployment. A total of £90 million will be invested from the dormant accounts youth fund in projects that help young people to overcome the barriers to work that are preventing them from reaching their potential.
Between March and May 2018 participants, aged 16-24 and from diverse communities, will be invited to a variety of events across England to explain the issues they face, including the inequalities apparent in youth unemployment, and help develop ideas to remove barriers to education, employment and training. The events will include workshops with local businesses, youth organisations, and health and education experts and will be run through a variety of media:
- A website and social media questionnaire so that everyone can get involved.
- Targeted workshops with young people who have or are experiencing multiple barriers in their transition to work journey in diverse areas of the country.
- Events that bring local leaders of business, youth organisations, health and education together with young people.
- A round table discussion with the business sector about ways in which they can support this programme.
Seminars to bring together and challenge the existing evidence and solutions.
Youth organisations or those work with young people who have experience of barriers into employment are asked to encourage young people to take part – to find out how to get involved see the Big Lottery Dormant Account Statement of Intent.
You can read the Big Lottery’s press release on this funding scheme to learn more.