Youth Promise – presentation to young Birmingham man

A young man who took part in a consultation around Birmingham City Council’s Youth Promise has been presented with a tablet computer, in recognition of his contribution.

Christopher Astley was presented with his gift by Deputy Lord Mayor Mike Leddy and Councillors Penny Holbrook and Brigid Jones.

The Youth Promise proposal gives young people access to a universal offer which guarantees an offer of employment, education, training, apprenticeship or work experience within four months of leaving school or college.

Christopher Astley being presented with his gift by Deputy Lord Mayor Mike Leddy

Christopher Astley being presented with his gift by Deputy Lord Mayor Mike Leddy

Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture, said: “This promise will provide vital support for young people moving into employment, helping develop their skills and give them a range of opportunities.

“For those who face the biggest challenges there will be targeted and specialist intervention so they can fully participate in education, training and employment.

“We have one of the youngest populations in Europe but despite this growing talent pool, youth unemployment is still a problem. Although it has fallen recently it is still too high at 10 per cent – twice the national rate.

“However, working in partnership with schools, further education colleges, businesses and the voluntary sector I am determined we will meet this challenge head on for the sake of our young people.”