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The challenges young people face getting a job – What’s your view?

Do you have an opinion on what should be taught in schools? Are you aged 16-25 and living in the UK? Could you represent the voice of young people when discussing the challenge of moving into the world of work?

We want to hear from you!

Research has found that many young people do not feel they have the right skills, training and experience to get the jobs they want. To overcome this challenge a number of organisations from the education, business and social sector are working together to ensure schools equip young people with the information and skills required to transition successfully into work.

Young people need to be at the heart of this process so that we can bring about change that will help future generations make a good start to their working lives.

A National Youth Panel is being formed which will represent young people, share their views and help propose solutions. Organisations supporting the panel’s creation include the BBC, Chartered Management Institute, Developing the Young Workforce North East Scotland, EY Foundation, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

What will I be doing?

As a member of the National Youth Panel your commitment will require approximately 8-10 hours a month and will involve:

  • Monthly calls with the other National Youth Panel members and meetings in person at least once a year
  • Working with representatives from the business, education and social sectors to provide a youth perspective on proposals for a School to Work (S2W) syllabus
  • Providing reaction to news items related to S2W issues
  • Representing the National Youth Panel at external events.

We will offer you a personal mentor and networking opportunities and reimburse travel expenses.Your commitment to the panel would be for an 18 month period with the first meeting taking place in August 2017.

Am I eligible to apply?

We are looking for 8-10 young people from across the UK aged 16-25. We actively encourage applications from under-represented groups and welcome a diversity of experience.

How can I apply?

Please send us a 2 minute video covering the questions below. We will also happily accept audio files or written submissions (no more than 750 words in total, excluding the questions). Feel free to get creative!

  • Why would you like to be a part of a National Youth Panel?
  • What are the key challenges young people face getting a job?
  • What would make things easier?
  • What’s another big issue facing young people today?
  • An interesting fact about yourself.
The deadline to apply is 2 June 2017.

How to submit your application

For the video, feel free to use any equipment you have available e.g. a phone, camera or computer. We ask that you use Vimeo (setting the privacy settings as ‘only people with a password’) or YouTube (setting the privacy settings as ‘unlisted’) to share your video with us. Please make sure the video is available until the end of May 2017.

Your video URL link (and password if applicable), audio or written application should be sent directly to one of the National Youth Panel’s administrators at enquiries@eyfoundation.ey.com along with your full name, home town and county, occupation, school and/or college you are attending. We will not share your data or application with any third parties without your prior consent.

If you have any questions please contact: enquiries@eyfoundation.ey.com.