The Charter, which replaces the national Youth Friendly Badge scheme, was officially unveiled at the AELP event at the Congress Centre in London on 19 February 2015 in front of delegates and dignitaries from the world of vocational learning and employment.
YEUK is dedicated to fighting youth unemployment – which remains a real challenge across the UK – and engaging the support of employers to help provide young people with more opportunities into work.
The Youth Friendly Charter is free to any organisation in the UK, and streamlines the process of the Youth Friendly Badge Scheme, removing any formal process and replacing it with a set of aspirational and fundamental principles, encouraging more organisations to get involved.
Laura-Jane Rawlings, Founder and CEO of YEUK, said ‘We have to create more opportunities for young people to develop the skills they need for work and create more opportunities for work. That ambition of the party leaders is supported by YEUK. But young people also need quality opportunities and businesses small or large sometimes need support to understand how they can help young people.
We cannot assume that employers are just going to create these good quality opportunities without some support. The Youth Friendly Charter is built on our core principles of good youth engagement. Organisations who sign up to the Charter committing to aspire to these principles will receive further support in understanding how they can be applied within their organisation’.
For more information on the benefits of signing up to the Youth Friendly Charter and the process, go to the YEUK website here