University of Worcester is First to Receive Youth Friendly Badge

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Worcester is the first university in the UK to be awarded a Gold Standard Youth Friendly badge from Youth Employment UK (YEUK).

It has been awarded in recognition of the University of Worcester’s commitment to employing and supporting young people, and consulting with young people within the organisation.

YEUK, the country’s leading organisation dedicated to tackling the issue of unemployment among young people, launched its Youth Friendly Charter today (FEB 19), of which the University is one of its founding holders.

It comes as the latest national employment figures were released this week, showing that youth unemployment is still a big issue.

Professor David Green, the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted to be the first university in the country to receive this award. The University of Worcester’s graduates have a wonderful record in finding good employment but youth unemployment across the country as a whole is still far too high with over 16% currently out of work. We are determined to do even more to help young people throughout the region, building on the success of our graduates.”

Almost half of the University’s staff are under the age of 25, many of whom are students who are also employed as ambassadors or in a range of other roles.

Rose Watson, Senior Careers Advisor, said: “The University is also committed to helping young people who are not its own students, through its apprenticeships offering and also across a range of other jobs at the University. It is this commitment to young people that has been recognised with this award and we are really delighted to be the first university to receive it.”

Worcester graduate Alexa-Jane Moore is an Ambassador of YEUK and said she was delighted that the University of Worcester had achieved the Gold Standard.

“I’m really happy that Worcester has become the first university to receive this badge,” she said. “When I was studying at the University I worked in the careers department and saw for myself all the work that is done to support young people in employment. I felt then that it was not getting enough recognition for this work and so suggested they apply for the Youth Friendly badge.”

Alexa-Jane, who graduated from the University of Worcester with a BA in Accountancy in November last year, is now studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching, also at Worcester, while also working at Archway Academy in the City.

“We really believe that the Youth Friendly badge can have a significant impact on youth unemployment,” Mrs Watson added. “If we can encourage more employers to apply for the badge we will begin to inspire companies across the UK to think about their own youth friendly practices and how they can do more to support young people.”