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Simple Truths: Tracy Fishwick


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Presented at SIX event: Social Innovation in the Marketplace: Getting our Young People back into Jobs

Presented at SIX event: Social Innovation in the Marketplace: Getting our Young People back into Jobs

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  • 1. simple truths Tracy Fishwick
  • 2. I’ve been part of a vast array of programmes European programmes Education / business UK government ‘New deals’ Local government Working neighbourhoods Employer led / sector based Volunteering community led
  • 3. and young people have always been out of work … • Economy ….recession, boom, recession • Society….role models, aspirations, influencers • Communication….mobile, social media • Politics…ideology, policy • Labour markets….from traditional to the slash / slash job
  • 4. when you ask young people what they need and value… • Early, relevant and well informed advice • Real people, real relationships - a ‘go to’ person • Opportunities with employers – something they ‘do’ each day • A JOB!
  • 5. the best of what I’ve done and seen? Future Jobs Fund • 105,000 jobs created over 18 months • 8,000 in Greater Manchester • Created 12,000 job offers – 6 months paid, with training – Real workplaces – Target unemployed under 24s
  • 6. benefits outweigh costs?  • Employer engagement • Moved people off benefits • Benefited communities • Engaged community and social enterprise • Widened travel to work • Improved health & wellbeing • Works for hard to reach • Works in deprived areas • Works for employers and young people £ • £6,500 per job allocated • Under £4k net cost per job • Created job sustainment for 50% – no further cost to the state • Could be done as benefits + top up to wage • Could be less than 6 months
  • 7. what dismays me? • Lack of focus on youth unemployment • Mass government programmes don’t work without local leadership • Restrictions, rules, processing people – one size fits all • Internet based services that should be face to face • Labels and demons
  • 8. and excites me….? • Creating jobs for young people • Social enterprise as job creators –DC Kitchen –NOISE • Supporting ‘slash / slash’ work –Slivers of Time / time banking / volunteering
  • 9. simple truths? prevention … • Manage transition points well • Guidance is current, relevant, informed • Get the skills offer right • Equip young people for the new normal cure… • Work first • Attach young people to the labour market – temp jobs work • Look after the person and the professional • Use it as a transition • Make it simple for employers