Following on from their visit to Rhyl, the UK2030 Earn working group came together again in Birmingham last November to better understand what the challenges are around employment for young people in an urban setting.

An action packed day saw the group meeting with the West Midlands Combined Authority to hear about their priorities for skills and training in the region, before heading to the local Job Centre Plus to meet work coaches and discuss the challenges young people face when looking to move into work.

The next stop was Balfour Beatty Vinci – one of the corportate partners of The Prince’s Trust – to hear about their work on the HS2 construction project and the scale of the employment opportunities relating to the project. They also shared details of the outreach work they are planning to engage more young people (especially young women) in the construction industry, and their commitment to employing apprentices throughout the project. 

HSBC then gave the group a  preview of the new Prince’s Trust research they supported – Futures at Stake – which looks at young peoples’ place in society and the role models in their lives. You can read more about this research here.

To end the day the group were joined by expert contributors from across business, education and the public sector to share their views on the key issues facing young people around work. It was clear from all of our visits on the day that for young people, the challenges around employment come at different stages of their individual journey. 

We are working to develop clear recommendations and steps for action so that we can make a real difference for young people. Next stop, Chatham!