Inspiration from the young people of Hull
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull and young people are being inspirsed to be more enterprising as well as a role reversal with the young people inspiring us!
It's day three today of a fully packed week of activities and we have already seen 100 twelve and thirteen year olds from Malet Lambert School in East Hull take part in the Hull Environmental Enterprise Challenge and yesterday was the celebration of Hull Ready, which included members of the local business community being challenged by young people to build 'paper' rafts - we are pleased to say Hannah from the Chamber was on the winning team! Full details of what has been happening so far can be found in our members' news section.
So when we are seeing young people with inspirational business ideas, which they are turning into cash to help fund further activities within their schools, it is concerning to see figures from the local Jobcentre saying there were 2000 unfilled vacancies in September, with youth (18 to 24 year olds) unemployment being high with 5000 claiming Jobseekers allowance ; and another 700 16 to 18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs). There has been feedback from the local business community that young people are not 'work ready' or they do not have enough experience, which leaves many young people in a catch-22 situation of not being able to gain experience to support them getting employment in the future.
Activities that are taking place in Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull are demonstrating the enthusiasm of some of the city's young people; the ideas they have for the future; and their desires for employment once they are out of education. This needs to be embraced and the necessary support needs to be put in place to help ensure the ideas of these young people are not lost now and in the future.
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