Monday 23rd January

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s proposals for a Modern Industrial Strategy, Emma Atkins, CEO at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said:

“We welcome today’s commitment by Theresa May to help ensure young people have the basic skills needed to thrive in the workplace and achieve career success. It’s particularly encouraging to also see a cash boost for the Northern Powerhouse to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

“Alongside implementing meaEmma Atkins CEOsures to boost STEM, digital and numeracy skills – which will be crucial for young people – it’s vital to remember the need for ‘soft’ skills and non-formal education as part of this process.

“Young people in the UK currently have the lowest levels of aspirations and ambitions for generations, along with a shortage in confidence, motivation and resilience.

“Investing in services that empower young people to realise these attitudes will be crucial to make this vision a reality. It will also help establish an entrepreneurial culture that will enable the UK to address any future challenges head-on.

“This strategy must also outline how it plans to create opportunities for young people facing disadvantage and those who haven’t had the best start in life. This group require specific support and provisions both prior to entering employment and also within the workplace.

“Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will continue to work with politicians, policy makers and businesses to ensure the above issues are reflected within the ‘people’ component of the strategy, which is going to be so pivotal to its success.”

You can read more about the Young People programmes the TRust run here. For more information. please email us at contact@damekellyholmestrust.org