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Catch22Minutes | Season One – Youth Employment

Catch22Minutes is Catch22’s new podcast. In each 22-minute episode, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We will be speaking to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.


Melissa Milner

The first season of Catch22Minutes focused on youth employment and was presented by Catch22’s Director of Communications, Melissa Milner.

Each episode looked at how society can both prepare young people for today’s job market and improve the opportunities available to all young people.


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Episode One – Digital Skills

Around 1 in 6 young people in the UK who are searching for a job are unable to find one. The pandemic has meant many of the roles that have traditionally been occupied by young people haven’t been available, but one sector growing more rapidly than most is in technology.

In our first episode, we interview Microsofts Philanthropies Lead Sarah Foxall and TechUK’s Policy Manager in Skills, Talent and Diversity, Nimmi Patel, and from Lauren, straight from Catch22’s Digital Edge programme. Digital Edge is a 4-week course that supports young people access a digital apprenticeship or entry level IT job with a local employer within Microsoft’s network of customers and partners.

Sarah Foxall

Nimmi Patel

Lauren

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Episode Two – Hospitality Sector

The UK Hospitality Industry employs over 3.2 million people and contributes to over £130 billion in economic activity, but it’s been hit hard by both Brexit and the impact of COVID-19. As the country reopens and the recovery starts, we discuss what the opportunities are for young people wanting to start a career in hospitality – and what that means for businesses looking to recruit.

We are joined by The House of St Barnabas CEO Rosie Ferguson and Pophams Bakery Founder Ollie Gold, and we hear directly from Step22 Apprentice Patrick. Step22 is a recruitment and training solution that gets great people into great jobs in the hospitality sector, all funded by the apprenticeship levy.​

Rosie Ferguson

Ollie Gold

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Episode Three – What’s a Good First Job?

For many young people, first jobs are simply a way of making some money, often whilst studying or seeking something more permanent. But a good first job can provide valuable skills or insight into an industry that you’d not considered before.

Joined by Sam Olsen, CEO of Movement to Work, and David Allison, CEO of Get My First Job, we discuss first jobs and how we can tackle underemployment – where people find themselves in roles that are low-paid, low-skilled and insecure. You’ll also hear from Savannah Dixon, currently on the government’s Kickstart programme and working at Catch22 supporting the employability and NCS teams on their social media.

Sam Olsen
Sam Olsen

David Allison
David Allison

Savannah

Listen to Episode 3 on:

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Episode Four – Employment as Youth Diversion

In the UK, more than 720,000 young people aged 16-24 are classed as NEET (not in education, employment or training). Studies show that time spent NEET can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health, and increase the likelihood of unemployment, low wages, or low quality of work later on in life. It can also increase some young people’s risk of serious violence.

So how can employment-related support divert young people away from risky behaviours? And what does it take to motivate and engage the younger generation and work with them to find purpose and transition into work?

 Darwin Bernardo, Community Engagement Lead at the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, and Stephen Greene, CEO of Apprentice Nation and Rockcorps, join us for this episode. Anthony Owuso-Ansah, who completed The Social Switch Project’s training and is now completing an apprenticeship at Google, also joins us.

Darwin Bernardo
Darwin Bernardo

Anthony Owuso-Ansah
Anthony Owuso-Ansah

Stephen Greene
Stephen Greene

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Episode Five – Are Apprenticeships the Answer?

In the latest figures, apprenticeship starts are down by about 7% compared to last year. That was despite financial incentives being put in place to encourage businesses to take on apprentices.

But could apprenticeships boost youth employment? What impact are Government incentives having in practice? And what are the benefits to businesses and young people in embarking on an apprenticeship?

We’ll be exploring all this, and more, with Kirstin Steinmetz, Director of Workforce Development at Salesforce, and Kathleen Henehan, Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation. You’ll also hear from Habiba Aden, who is nine months into her Multiverse digital marketing apprenticeship at Catch22.

Kirstin
Kirstin Steinmetz

Kathleen Henehan
Kathleen Henehan

Habiba Aden
Habiba Aden

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Episode Six – Inclusive Recruitment 

Workplace diversity and inclusion is an increasing area of focus for businesses large and small. From bringing in a broader range of perspectives to understanding your clients or customers better, the benefits of a diverse workforce are huge.

But if it’s so beneficial, why do many organisations struggle with inclusive recruitment? Why is it that the employment rate for disabled people is 29 percentage points below the non-disabled rate? And why is the percentage of unemployed people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups twice that of the White British population?

On today’s episode of Catch22Minutes, we welcome Antonia Tony-Fadipe, Inclusive Hiring Lead at The Body Shop UK & Global, and Vanessa Johnson-Burgess, Chief Executive of Inclusive Recruitment. You’ll also hear from Hayley Campbell who received support from Catch22’s Inspiring Families Programme when she was facing her own barriers to employment

Antonia Tony-Fadipe
Antonia Tony-Fadipe

Vanessa Johnson-Burgess
Vanessa Johnson-Burgess

Hayley Campbell
Hayley Campbell

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Episode Seven – Social Mobility 

Many of us have experienced the benefits of our social capital when job hunting – whether it’s a referral from a friend of a friend, a former colleague, or just meeting someone at the event you happened to get an invite to.

Social capital brings networks, it brings trust and security, and it brings a sense of belonging. With that, it brings individuals the confidence to step up and stand out in the workplace. Research has shown that social capital can even predict work performance – and it helps with job searching, pay and the potential for promotions.

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Charlotte Turner, Director of Bean Research – whose focus is on social impact research and Lee Elliot Major, the UK’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter, whose work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged young people.

Charlotte Turner
Charlotte Turner

Lee Elliot Major
Lee Elliot Major

 


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Episode Eight – Will young people be prepared for Green Jobs?

The government has pledged to create two million green jobs by 2030. But according to consultancy PwC, just 1.2% of all advertised job roles in the last year were linked to the green economy.

So if this ambitious target is to be met, then green jobs could – and should – play a key role in helping tackle youth unemployment.

In this episode of Catch22Minutes we ask: What is a green job? How key are green jobs to tackling youth unemployment? And are we seeing more young people wanting to take on jobs that deliver social and environmental impact? We discuss what needs to be done not only to increase the number of green jobs but to get young people excited about them.

Our guests today are Dina Potter, Vice President and Global Head of Social Impact at National Grid, and Luke Murphy, Associate Director for Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure at the Institute of Public Policy Research and Head of IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission.

Luke Murphy
Luke Murphy

Dina Potter
Dina Potter


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Episode Nine – Supporting Prison Leavers into Employment

Around 66,000 people leave prison in the UK every year. But figures show only 25% of men leave prison and go into some form of employment and the statistic for women is even lower at 20%.

Having a job greatly reduces the likelihood of reoffending – and with the yearly cost of reoffending at £18 billion, getting this right could have a significantly positive impact.

The government’s recently published Prison Strategy White Paper includes a number of measures to help ex-offenders into work. But why should companies employ prison leavers? What challenges might they face? Where can they find practical support to overcome those challenges?

To explore all this and more, we are joined by Darren Burns, National Recruitment Manager at Timpson Group, and Kate Carr, Campaigns Manager at Business In The Community who run the Ban the Box initiative.

You’ll also hear Amanul’s story, a graduate of Code4000. Currently operating in three prisons, Code4000 trains prisoners in coding and then places them into software development roles. Compared to a national reoffending rate of 46%, none of Code4000’s graduates have returned to prison.

Kate Carr
Kate Carr

Darren Burns
Darren Burns

Amanul Islam
Amanul Islam

Listen to Episode 9 on:

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Episode Ten – Employability Services in the UK 

During this first series of Catch22Minutes, we’ve covered a host of topics relating to youth employment – from digital skills, green jobs, and the hospitality sectors, to apprenticeships and how employment is key for diversion from youth violence and preventing re-offending. We have highlighted some excellent examples of the employability programmes that exist to support young people to get the skills and the confidence to enter today’s job market.

In one of the last episodes of 2021, we’re asking ‘What makes good employability support?‘. What is it that young people furthest from the job market need to break into the world of work? Which programmes are working and why? And what are employers doing to diversify their talent pool?

To discuss this and more, we’re joined by Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) and Lisa Jardim, Learning and Engagement Manager of Arcus FM, the facilities management company. Arcus FM recently won ERSA’s Employer of the Year Award, following their support of Catch22’s young job seekers.

Elizabeth Taylor headshot
Elizabeth Taylor

Lisa Jardim
Lisa Jardim

Listen to Episode 10 on:

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The Debate – Is reducing youth employment young peoples’ responsibility too? 

It’s the final episode of Catch22Minutes’ Youth Employment series. In this first series, we have focussed on youth unemployment and the challenges ahead. We have heard from employers and charities, from those working directly with young people and from those operating in specific job sectors. We’ve talked about what needs to be done to reduce the youth unemployment gap and support young people into good, sustainable jobs.

While we have shared young peoples’ stories in every episode, today we are joined by David Jordan Khanu and Bipin Khanal, members of the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit’s Young People’s Advisory Group. They’ll be responding to the question: Is reducing youth unemployment as much the responsibility of young people as it of government, businesses and others?

You’ll hear about Jordan and Bipin’s lives and what has helped them at the very start of their career journey. Jordan is currently studying sports and exercise science at the University of Portsmouth, and Bipin has recently launched his design business, Illustrated Prints.

Bipin Khanal
Bipin Khanal

David Jordan Khanu
David Jordan Khanu

Listen to Episode 11 on:

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