New digital services launched to combat youth unemployment


Today, the Government’s Youth and Community Engagement Champion, Shaun Bailey, unveiled three new digital services to help young people have a voice and overcome the vicious ‘no experience, no employment’ cycle, at an event at the Design Council. The economic climate continues to be tough with most recent figures revealing a high proportion of youth unemployment. Amid these unstable conditions, the Design Council and social investor, Nominet Trust, today unveiled three new radical websites, designed to help 16-24 year olds get on the career ladder by offering the chance to gain valuable skills experience.

Instead of giving in to apathy, or the ‘bleak’ future predicted for them by so many, young people are now using these free, online services to improve their prospects and connect with employers.

Immediate successes of these projects, which started life in June 2012, include funding from a local council to progress recommendations from young people on neighbourhood community planning. Two young people have also become directors of the site they helped to develop. This flying start reflects the urgent need for workable, dynamic solutions which young people can use to find employment.

The three new digital services have been developed by the winners of the Working Well Challenge. This was an initiative which brought together creative designers with social entrepreneurs and tasked them to create digital solutions that ultimately help young people develop their talents, build confidence, strengthen CVs and make a living.

Over the last six months, the Design Council and Nominet Trust have been supporting the three successful teams as they have worked to turn their ideas into reality. Each team has been working closely with young people to ensure the websites deliver real opportunities.

Annika Small, Chief Executive of Nominet Trust, commented:
“We are committed to exploring how digital technology can support young people to improve their lives and communities. The Working Well Challenge has been an important catalyst for new ideas around increasing young people’s employability. These projects are a practical demonstration of how technology can be used in imaginative ways to address big social challenges”.