Youth Employment UK has today launched the #YouthFriendlyMP campaign with the support of Matthew Hancock MP, the All-Parliamentary Party Group for Youth Unemployment and Labours Andy Sawford MP.

The social enterprise, YEUK, are asking for all MP’s across the UK to signup to the Youth Friendly badge and become a Youth Friendly champion in their constituencies.

“If youth unemployment is to be significantly reduced we need to create a more Youth Friendly UK, employers of all sizes can and should be supporting young people in some way. We are all becoming well versed on the issues of youth unemployment, emotionally, socially and economically, these are very real issues and as a country we simply are not supporting our young people enough.

“Our politicians should be creating youth friendly constituencies and at the event on the 9th of July we will be there to support them to do that,” said Laura-Jane Rawlings, Chief Exec of Youth Employment UK CIC.

On the 9th of July, YEUK will host an event encouraging MP’s from across the UK to sign up to the badge which recognises UK employers who engage with young people.

To achieve the Youth Friendly badge employers must carryout the following three steps:

1. Sign the Positive Youth Charter

2. Commit to two Youth Friendly activities a year (Careers Talks, Work Experience, Mentoring, Apprenticeships)

3. Self-assess behaviour against 8 Youth Friendly characteristics

For find out how to sign up for the Youth Friendly badge or for further information about the campaign please visit: http://www.yeuk.org.uk/national-campaign-encourage-mps-support-youth-employment/

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