• Task Force set up to prevent a Covid crisis lost generation of young people

On 25 June, the Young People’s Task Force held the first in a series of engagement events to aid the creation and development of the new Greater Manchester Young Person’s Taskforce and Young Person’s Guarantee.

The Guarantee will reflect young people’s concerns about the future and will offer an outline of support and opportunities available.

The event was hosted on Microsoft Teams. This was a closed space involving hosts, panel members, technical support from GMCA Digital Team and facilitators from GMCA Engagement Team.

The meeting was live streamed onto @MayorofGM Facebook page and ran for approximately 1:13hours. A link to the live stream was also posted on @MayorofGM Twitter 30 and 5 minutes before start time.

The webpage had 5,070 views with 205 registering to the event itself. From those that registered, 161 shared information regarding their age and 133 registered attendees were below the age of 30.

It was found that young people’s main concerns surround education, employment, jobs and training. The full report will be available shortly, but a summary of the key themes is provided below:

Work and Skills: Young people have shown concerns around apprenticeships, career paths, future employment opportunities, and training and skills. They have asked for increased opportunity, support and guidance for the future work force, and a developed relationship between businesses, schools/colleges and authorities.

Education: Education is a concern for young people due to levels of uncertainty. Young people have identified there are four main issues that need to be discussed within education. This includes: 

  1. Gaps in education – most young people have missed vital learning through school closures and teaching being done online.
  2. Inequality in education – young people are aware that school closures have brought inequality in education. With teaching done online, many are missing out due to digital exclusion. Additionally, young people also addressed barriers concerning opportunities and resources due to socio-economic disadvantage.
  3. Transitions – young people raised concerns of many going through educational transitions and not having stability and support through them. e.g. transition from High School to College/Apprenticeship; from College to University or world of work.
  4. Life Skills – young people suggested the education system does not teach them the skills they need to get on in life e.g. financial skills

Equality: Discussion surrounding equalities varied between different equality strands which focused primarily on age, race and disability.

Child Poverty: Young people are increasingly aware of the economic disproportions that many young people and families face locally and nationally.

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I’m delighted to have been asked to Chair the Young Person’s Task Force. I know how hard this health crisis has been for young people who haven’t been able to go back to school and college, who’ve been laid off work or struggling to get apprenticeships and jobs. We must make sure we do everything we can to help them. I’m looking forward to getting out there and talking to young people to find out what their concerns are and what support they need.

Diane Modahl

CEO and co-Founder, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation