In the UK, more than 720,000 young people aged 16-24 are classed as NEET (not in education, employment or training). Studies show that time spent NEET can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health, and increase the likelihood of unemployment, low wages, or low quality of work later on in life. It can also increase some young people’s risk of serious violence.
Despite the fact that 18-25 year olds represent just 10% of the UK population, they account for 30% of all police cases. And the reoffending rate for young adults is significantly higher than all other young adults in the criminal justice system.
So how can employment-related support divert young people away from risky behaviours? And what does it take to motivate and engage the younger generation and work with them to find purpose and transition into work?
Joining us for today’s episode of Catch22Minutes, is Darwin Bernardo, Community Engagement Lead at the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, and Stephen Greene, CEO of Apprentice Nation and Rockcorps. You will also hear from Anthony Owuso-Ansah who completed The Social Switch Project’s training and is now completing an apprenticeship at Google.
Hosted by Catch22 Director of Communications Melissa Milner