World Youth Skills Day 2021

Posted 15.07.2021

World Youth Skills Day is recognised on 15 July each year and focuses on the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, good work and entrepreneurship.

The World Youth Skills Day 2021 will again take place in a challenging context.

Despite best efforts education and training systems have yet to return to pre-pandemic conditions, calling for a positive attitude and resilience like never before.

Good work continues in our LEP area (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire).  Our D2N2 Enterprise, Careers and Employability programme creates a network of brokerage between employers and schools, giving greater consistency by embedding the D2N2 Employability Framework and coverage.

The programme is available to all 168 local schools and academies, some specialist schools and colleges, working with key stakeholders, the National Careers Service Careers Inspiration, and up to 13 existing School Partnerships and clusters.

The programme has created a network of volunteer Enterprise Advisers, drawn from the local employer business base, recruited by the D2N2 LEP and Skills Boards.   Enterprise Advisers are linked with schools or colleges and provided with the tools to work with the senior leadership team to inform:

  • The development and implementation of an Enterprise, Careers and Employability Strategy
  • A self-assessment evaluation and Enterprise Action Plan

Using the D2N2 Employability Framework helps to address the ‘mismatch’ between the employable skills young people leave schools, colleges and post-16 training programmes with, and the skills actually being sought by local employers.

Another positive initiative is DWP’s Kickstart Scheme which is bringing hope with excellent opportunities for young people to connect with work.  Kickstart provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment – all could argue that they are!

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months.

There are a lot of options to for young people 18+, tapping into clear information and sound advice is essential.  Young people may be eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, which can help with things like books, travel or equipment if you will struggle with education or training costs.  For young people with an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan there may be different and more suitable options.  Young people can find out about financial support for university from Student Finance.

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BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

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