Youth Unemployment Commission – call for evidence

By on 11/09/2012 in Cllr Ali, News

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, is calling on young people, businesses and charities to give their views on the best way to tackle youth unemployment.

A report is being put together to find out the true scale of the issue, what is already being done and what further support can be offered to build links between young people and employers.

Cllr Ali said: “I want to hear from anyone out there with an interest in youth unemployment - young people about to leave school, people struggling to find work, employers and the third sector. Birmingham has one of the worst rates of youth unemployment and I want to know what support is needed, so that we can all work together to tackle this unacceptable situation.”

Birmingham City Council has set-up the Birmingham Youth Unemployment Commission to gather evidence on the key problems and opportunities. This will be supported by third sector leaders ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations).

The Commission will produce a series of proposals, which will set-out how public, private and voluntary sector bodies in the city can work together; focusing on key areas of Birmingham, where the problem is most entrenched.

“We want to take evidence, particularly from businesses and young people then set-out a series of clear targets that have been agreed by all partners that are the best and most realistic way of getting young people into work,” Councillor Ali added.

The aim is to produce a report with clear recommendations by early November.

Anyone wanting to give evidence to the Birmingham Youth Unemployment Commission, can complete two questionnaires. The first asks for views on youth unemployment in the city: ( and the second: asks about support projects that are currently being delivered ( These can be completed online.

If anyone has any other information that they wish to provide, they should contact Ralph Michell at ACEVO by email at

Comments and feedback received by September 19 will be considered at the Commission's first meeting, with an October 19 final deadline for all responses.


For more information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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  1. mike davies says:

    It would help to start reversing – or at least halt – the dismantling of the Connexions service, the result of which has been to leave young people without impartial, professional advice on seeking careers or improving educational possibilities. One of the most astonishingly misguided and ill-sighted actions of the Coaltion and the Tory council, one might hope that a Labour administrationl would understand the benefits of a professional service with trained, knowledgable advisers working to secure a future for the increasingly lost generation.