Salford City Council is urging local businesses to help young people weather the coming economic storm from COVID-19.
Unemployment amongst 18 to 24 year olds in Salford has risen by 1,360 since March 2020 and the number of 16 to 17 year olds not in education, employment or training is starting to rise again.
With job vacancies also falling and firms struggling to sustain existing apprenticeships, Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry is worried that young people in particular will struggle to find good work and training opportunities, even with extra government funding.
“Young people should not pay the price of the pandemic and Salford City Council is planning a number of initiatives to help,” he said.
“We have already launched an online information hub called #Find my Future to help young people discover work and training opportunities. Local businesses are welcome to use the hub to share videos of careers talks, shadowing or mentoring and promote real life work experience, apprenticeships and jobs, now or in the future.”
Councillor Merry said the council and its partners in education and industry were also planning new traineeships in construction, childcare, facilities management and professional services along with work experience and work trials in the new year, subject to social distancing.
Meanwhile young people are being trained to refurbish and maintain donated bikes that they can then keep. Extra bikes will be gifted to other young people, including young carers and those in local authority care.
Councillor Jim Cammell, Salford’s cycling and walking champion, said: “Learning how to look after a bike is a skill for life and could even lead to a job. The young people will be able to use the bikes to cycle to work or training opportunities and it will open up new opportunities for them. I hope we can bring a lot of unused bike back into circulation.”
Called Riding to Success, the bike recycling scheme is also being supported by Access Sport, Nationwide Cycling Academy, BikeRight!, Cycle Confident, Salford CVS, Connexions and the Princes Trust on Riding to Success.
Anyone who has an unwanted adult bike which can easily be refurbished can donate it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before August 14.
The new hub can be found on the Find My Future page.