We’re calling on all political parties to focus on young people.
We want young people to be at the forefront of this election. Political parties need to invest in young people and put them at the core of their manifestos. You can find our run-down of the main parties pledges here.
Here’s what we believe young people need:
Recognise the value of youth work and develop a government-wide strategy that acknowledges its contribution to young people’s personal and social development. Invest in it and make it more accessible to young people.
Youth work based support can help young people take the opportunity that apprenticeships offer. Skilled youth workers support young people through the first crucial 6 weeks when the drop-out rate is highest and provide wrap around support for more vulnerable young people entering work for the first time.
Social action is great but a range of services catering for different needs should be available to young people and across a broader age range than 16-17 year olds.
Young people need financial know-how at key transition points in their lives – when they start a job, when they start living independently. Building these skills are as important as formal qualifications in supporting young people’s life chances. Government needs to back a comprehensive programme of financial capability and see investment in services of this kind as a long-term benefit.
Lower voting age to 16 years and acknowledge the contribution young people make to society at this age.