Youth Unemployment is one of the biggest issues in today's society, with many young people struggling to find work after leaving education. Although the rate is dropping across the UK, some areas are still struggling and Sheffield, in particular, has a youth unemployment rate of 18% with almost one in five young people needing support to find work. Ben Housam, a final year journalism student at the University of Sheffield choose to shine a light on youth unemployment and created a piece titled ' Tackling Youth Unemployment – Street League Sheffield.  

Ben's documentary focuses on the importance of career guidance and direction, something that many feel the education system lacks, as unprepared young people are left confused and misdirected after leaving school. Ben shines the light on the amazing work that charities in the area are doing to reduce the number of young people out of work. Street League’s programmes in Sheffield are documented in detail, showing how the combined sport and employability workshops help young people get moving into work.   

Street League partners with organsations that support Street League in helping young people prepare for the world of work, and this includes funding partners as well as corporate volunteering and companies offering work placements. Organsations, such as PlusNet, offer CV workshops, mock interviews, opportunities for work placements and employment for our young people. 

The documentary showcases the importance of Street League and the incredible work we do in changing the lives of young people. Pushing young people to believe in themselves and strive for more.  

Congratulations to the Sheffield team for their impact on so many young lives, and good luck to Ben Housam on his final university grade.  

How to join Street League 

Street League is the UK's leading sport for employment charity with a vision to see an end to youth unemployment in the UK. The charity offers 8-12 week long sport and work skills programmes to unemployed 16-24 year olds who face significant barriers or obstacles to moving into work. On the programme the young people take part in daily health and fitness activities including football, dance, and fitness, and then spend time developing personalised action plans with one-to-one mentoring support, employability qualifications, CV skills and interview training. They have the opportunity to take part in work placement opportunities before moving into jobs, college courses, apprenticeships or other further training. Street League enjoys a healthy relationship with Premier Inn, Jewson and numerous other companies who have employed many of their graduates. In 2016-17, Street League supported 1553 young people into employment, education or training with 59% of them sustaining their jobs for at least 6 months.

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