Birmingham City Council asks Acevo to advise on youth unemployment

The charity chief executives body will assess how the voluntary sector copes with the problem in the city

Birmingham has high youth unemployment
Birmingham has high youth unemployment

Birmingham City Council has commissioned Acevo, the national body for charity chief executives, to assess what steps charities in the city could take to tackle youth unemployment.

Acevo has been asked by Sir Albert Bore, leader of the council, to conduct a "rapid-scoping" exercise on the voluntary sector’s reaction to youth unemployment, the scale of the issue in Birmingham and the key problems and opportunities.

Earlier this year, Acevo published a national report, Youth Unemployment: The Crisis we Cannot Afford, which highlighted Birmingham as one of 20 youth unemployment hot spots in Britain. The report recommended setting up partnerships, including more with the voluntary sector, to tackle youth unemployment in areas of particular concern.

Bore said that he was also hoping to get the input of schools, colleges and private sector organisations as well as funders such as the Big Lottery Fund to address the city’s youth unemployment problem.

He said: "We simply cannot go on with thousands of our young people leaving school and not going into work for months and years at a time. Like everyone, they need challenge and purpose in their own lives and to be able to contribute to the society in which they live."

Ralph Michell, director of policy at Acevo, said that it hoped to begin the project within the next couple of months. "We think there is a huge potential for local authorities to tackle youth unemployment," he said. "Birmingham has a huge youth unemployment problem but also has a unique combination of things going for it, such as being the largest local authority in Europe.

"There’s still quite a lot of detail to do in terms of working out what the project will look like, but there are some really exciting possibilities."

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