Under this government, young people have had a really rough ride. With EMA scrapped, Tuition Fees raised to over £9000 and youth unemployment reaching an all time peak, we understand why a lot of young people may be left feeling frustrated and apathetic. We want to change this.
First of all, we’re giving young people the chance to have a say in the services that affect them the most.
We’re giving members of the Youth Mayor team and the Young Lambeth Cooperative the power to decide what play and youth services are provided in the borough, offering much more involvement in decisions previously taken by the council.
It’s worth pointing out that the Lib Dem-Tories don’t think young people should have a voice – they opposed Lambeth’s Youth Mayor (pictured right with Cllr Lib Peck) and voted against the Young Lambeth Cooperative.
Another way of getting young people more involved in the local community will be through setting up a social enterprise with young people. We want to work with the charity London Youth to develop a project that gives work to young people to renovate empty homes and community buildings. It will be a great way to improve community spaces, but also provide an opportunity for young people to gain vital experience and develop networks.
We know it’s a difficult time to get a job at the minute, especially when you’re a young person and no-one seems willing to give you that first bit of experience. That’s why we’ll offer every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship, backed up by a network of employment and skills centres. We want to ensure all young people are given the opportunity to get new skills, training and experience to help them on their way to employment.
Labour nationally would introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, under which 18 to 24-year-olds out of work for a year will be offered a taxpayer-funded job for six months.
What we’ve done already:
We’ve worked hard with Lambeth College and local schools to extend apprenticeship schemes across the borough and, to back this up, created a full-time Apprenticeship Coordinator who works with local schools, businesses and job centres to promote apprenticeship opportunities.
Lambeth also acts as key referral agency for people seeking work at the Green Man Skills Zone, a one-stop shop for careers advice and support.
We’ve extended leisure facilities across the borough, delivering three new leisure centres in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood (pictured), all with a range of activities and clubs on offer to help young people to get active.