It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused devastation to millions of lives across the UK, but 16-24 year old's remain amongst those most impacted. Under-25s now make up a third of new universal credit claims, are most likely to lose their jobs, and socio-economic disadvantage is more apparent than ever. Yet less than half of secondary school, college and university students currently have access to careers support. For so many, the future does not seem so bright and full of opportunity. Instead, it presents uncertainty, despair and crushed aspirations. As disruption continues, we need to take action.
The impacts of the pandemic will continue to affect the world of work for years to come, and young people will need support to re-adjust. That help comes from showing them the variety of careers that exist, the skills employers need, and how to find the jobs that their skills are best suited for. Together, we can build a brighter future for the ‘Lockdown Generation’.
We know the significant impact positive role models can have on career success, with evidence showing that students who have four or more interactions with business role models are five times more likely to be in education, employment or training when they leave school. At F4S we provide the opportunity for all educators to empower young people through these encounters and bring careers education to life, raising their aspirations and giving them confidence in their future careers.
It costs us around £1 to provide 1 student with an inspirational role model encounter. Since 2015, we have facilitated over 1.5 million encounters between role models and young people and in these uncertain times it is more important than ever that we educate and inspire young people about their future career pathways. You can support us in this mission by making a one off or regular donation today.