Along with over 200 organisations over the UK, Fledglink has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to publicly commit to a new Opportunity Guarantee.
As of Tuesday 16th June, the latest figures for expected unemployment rates are bleak. The UK is experiencing the biggest economic crisis in 300 years and we are anticipated to have the highest rate of unemployment in over 100 years.
The new Opportunity Guarantee scheme, backed by some of the UK’s biggest employers, would help to kick start the UK’s economic recovery by investing in jobs of the future, helping people access the jobs market, and providing opportunities for young people.
The open letter, signed by cross-industry partners - including Fledglink, The Prince’s Trust, Heathrow Airport, Asda, universities and charities – has political backing from Metro Mayors Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region), Dan Jarvis (Sheffield City Region) and Jamie Driscoll (North of Tyne Combined Authority).
Together, over 200 voices called on Government to invest in a new Opportunity Guarantee that:
- Promotes job creation by investing in the jobs that we need for the future
- Doubles the capacity in services that help people into jobs, with greatest support for those facing disadvantage
- Provides an education place, apprenticeship, or job for every young person
Commenting on the open letter, Lord Bob Kerslake said: “The message to Government is clear – with the Jobs retention Scheme winding up, we must invest in an Opportunities Guarantee. We need to create opportunities for people to skill up, and have a guaranteed role in our economic recovery, and we must put these plans in place now.”
Fledglink is part of the Youth Employment Group tasked to influence policy and decision making around youth employment.
Ellie Yell- CEO of Fledglink comments:
“Now is the time to invest in innovative solutions that can be scaled quickly to reach as many students leaving education and entering the world of work and NEET individuals as possible. The need to remove the friction that exists in the journey between a young person exploring job opportunities and securing employment has never been more pressing”
You can view the letter in full here https://www.communitiesthatwork.co.uk/opportunity-guarantee/