Leading Youth Charities join forces to solve the biggest post pandemic barriers for young people

Speakers for Schools, UK Youth and Young Enterprise come together in a historic partnership to launch, ‘Youth Card, the social mobility app packed with thousands of career preparing opportunities.

 

This means the Youth Card is packed with thousands of mentoring programmes, career guidance, work experience placements, extra-curricular activities, financial education, open access and targeted youth work provision, inspirational career talks as well as a range of discounts with top retailers. It is free to download and available to all young people in the UK aged 11 to 25.

Separate research from the IFS and Resolution Foundation published last week revealed the major concerns amongst young people in the UK about finding a job and the toll on their mental health after facing the brunt of the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society and Youth, comments: “The last 18 months have been difficult for all of us, but we know that young people have found it hard to access the continued support they need to learn and grow.

“It is wonderful to see three of our leading youth charities coming together to launch the Youth Card which opens up a whole new world of real opportunity, helping our young people get back on track and accessing the career guidance and support they need to succeed.”

 

Removing barriers to work experience

Leading employers Spotify, BP, the Bank of England and Spaceport Cornwall are signed up to offer work experience through Youth Card, amongst 20,000 other available work

experience placements, insight days, CV training, volunteering courses with leading employers and organisations.

While all opportunities available are currently virtual, once the current working from home guidance alters, the app will begin to offer in-person opportunities at a local and national level too.

 

European Discount Card

Youth Card also offers a range of discounted services in partnership with over 70 UK businesses, including 15% off Young Driver driving lessons, 25% off Illamasqua and £100 off Camp EuroTrip amongst many others and will include thousands of discounts Europe wide, thanks to our partnership with the European Youth Card Association.

The app is available to download today from the App Store here and Google Play here.

Jason Elsom, Chief Executive Officer, Speakers for Schools, comments: “Our work with young people has highlighted the value they place on work experience, but the reality is it is currently unattainable to many. Long before Covid-19 there have been significant barriers for young people looking to find experience, either due to where they live, ability to travel or knowing where and how to apply, relying on parental connections. The pandemic has merely exacerbated the issue and we owe it to young people to help them build successful careers.

“We urge businesses to partner with us and consider providing work experience opportunities or careers guidance through Youth Card. It represents a crucial tool for engaging with young people across the UK of all backgrounds, providing them with life-changing experiences which could determine their future career paths.”

Sharon Davies, CEO, Young Enterprise, comments: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Speakers for Schools and UK Youth to launch the Youth Card, enabling more young people to access developmental opportunities that are both relevant and meaningful to them. Through our programme delivery we know just how important it is that young people can access opportunities to apply their skills and develop crucial enterprising mindsets, and Youth Card is a huge step forward in young people taking control of this for themselves.”

Ndidi Okezie, CEO, UK Youth, comments: “It’s time to meet young people exactly where they are, by placing a diverse range of opportunities, support, and activities into their hands. That equity of quality provision is the promise of Youth Card and that is why we are delighted to be partnering with Speakers for Schools and Young Enterprise on this game changing digital initiative. We are inviting youth organisations to add their services to the platform, so that together we can ensure young people, schools, employers and government alike, are aware of the opportunities that exist for young people in their local area.”

To find out more about Youth Card, please visit: https://www.speakersforschools.org/about/youthcard/