How the right solutions are creating a springboard for success
Statistics show the wide scale of youth unemployment in Manchester and the North West. In Manchester especially, youth unemployment rates exceed the regional average of 13.9%, according to the most recent reports. At first glance, this is disheartening, as it appears that so much talent and potential is going to waste.
The reality is, life growing up in the inner city is tough, where poverty, crime, and family dysfunction are rife. Low expectations and difficult circumstances keep expectations and confidence levels low, which is a major contributory factor in academic underachievement and low aspirations.
However, the possibilities are endless. The levels of untapped talent, enthusiasm, energy, innovation and insight in these people is astounding. All it takes is the right opportunities to be created; committed mentors who will champion, encourage and value them, drawing out their giftings, and working with them to uncover their dreams and develop their creativity.
This is so simple, but extremely powerful.And it is starting to happen in many schools, colleges and communities across the city. Initiatives include those run by Young Enterprise, Business in The Community, more apprenticeships being made available, and a more practical approach to careers and entrepreneurship in schools by Curricula & Co.