Friends, Families and Travellers
Young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face some of the greatest barriers to employment of any ethnic group in the UK.
Educational attainment is extremely low: 60% have no qualifications. By year 11, 50% have dropped out, often due to racial abuse and cultural concerns. To compound these problems, young people frequently have low self-confidence, limited aspirations and little knowledge of life outside their family and site.
Friends, Families and Travellers is a national charity that supports people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds. It received a grant from the Inspiring Futures fund for a programme of employability support activities for young people.
The grant will support 252 people aged 10-24 who live in Sussex.
“Many of our young people’s households are overcrowded with no access to printers, laptops, internet or digital services,” says Samson Rattigan, Project Coordinator for Friends, Families and Travellers.
“When schools and colleges turned to online learning due to Covid-19, many of our young people were isolated even further.”
“By focusing on digital skills training in this programme, we hope to close the educational and employability gap for our young people. They’ll have more confidence in using digital equipment and will be able to access more work and training opportunities.”
The project also aims to improve essential employability skills such as leadership, communication and patience.
“We want young people from our community to have the same opportunities that others have,” says Samson. “We want them to raise their aspirations, access training and education, and follow their dreams.”