Young people at centre of £90 million scheme to help tackle youth unemployment
16 April, 2018
The Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has announced plans to put young people at the heart of designing a £90 million scheme to help tackle youth unemployment.
The new £90m youth fund will be invested in programmes which help young people facing barriers to work to reach their full potential. Over the next three months participants, aged 16-24 and from diverse communities, will take centre stage at a variety of events across the country 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. Young people will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and inequalities in the sessions, as well as talk about what support they need to prepare them for work. The Big Lottery Fund will also be speaking to businesses to explore potential partnerships and match funding to support the programme development. Surveys on the Big Lottery Fund website will invite youth organisations and young people to participate in the design process.
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