Young people leading the conversation on meaningful employment

“Today we launch the Future Voices digital space: a place for conversation, discussion and debate led by young people across the country on employment; the good, the bad and the ugly and the challenges, opportunities and solutions”
Anna Darnell, Head of Strategy

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Cindy Boa is an 18-year- old student living in South London who had been preparing to sit A levels. With everything thrown up in the air by the pandemic, she talks about the impact it has had on her and her friends. Cindy also highlights her own determination and resilience as she finds a part-time retail job to help her buy a laptop; and learns new skills in marketing and strategy consulting via Zoom courses. 

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Ben Cook is a 25-year-old recruiter from Oldham. He once missed out on a job offer for failing to stand to shake an interviewer’s hand. Here Ben talks about impilict bias and what he has learned on his journey to meaningful employment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joel is a 25-year-old laugh-aholic and self-confessed Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream addict. He is Chief Executive of Tutors United and we are delighted that Joel is also one of our young directors. Joel believes most youth unemployment issues are systemic and that Youth Futures Foundation is well positioned to find what works and make a real difference to young people’s employment prospects.

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Alex is a 21-year-old graduate from Barnsley. We are delighted to have Alex on our Board of Directors. We caught up with him recently to find out more about him and his desire to ensure the experiences of young people facing barriers to good employment inform every action we take.

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Rebecca Omereye is a recent graduate looking for her first career opportunity. She would like to work in a not-for-profit. But how can you get a job without relevant experience and how can you get experience without a job? Here she talks about the many challenges to finding meaningful employment.

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