Tackling Youth Unemployment
According to the Department of Work and Pensions, between April and June 2013, there were 1.09 million young people not in work, education or training, roughly equivalent to 15% of people under the age of 25.
Costain brought together some of industry’s top names to tackle youth unemployment. Local high school students, ambassadors from The Prince’s Trust and apprentices from various blue-chip companies met business leaders and discussed their own experiences and the importance of inspirational work experience.
Big Infrastructure Conversation
The students and apprentices heard, through presentations and round table discussions, about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) skills, and why traineeships and apprenticeships are so important to the UK’s infrastructure needs.
For the industry leaders, there was an opportunity to share best practice about how businesses can tackle youth unemployment and to listen to young people about their needs, hopes and ambitions for the future, particularly in relation to securing valuable career advice.