OPENING DOORS 2021
The Brokerage’s Manifesto for a fair and inclusive recovery
We are over a year into the global COVID-19 pandemic and while vaccines provide hope for the future emerging evidence suggests that young people have already been one of the worst affected groups in the labour market.
Many young people have missed months of in person learning and had their GCSE and A-Level exams cancelled, exacerbating feelings of uncertainty about the future during a crucial time of their lives.
The concern is that the crisis will further exaggerate existing divides within our society. However, rather than sit back and wait for these deeper divides to become entrenched we at The Brokerage believe that the crisis also provides a ‘door of opportunity’ to create workplaces that embrace all talented young people, regardless of their social economic background. This is why we have published this manifesto of six simple asks for employers; based on what we know works from our 25 year history of supporting young people.
Six simple ASKS for employers:
Work together to provide 100 paid internships over the summer of 2021
Review existing recruitment practices to ensure all early career opportunities are available to all less-advantaged young people
Unite to provide 1,000 hours of volunteering to help young people develop their work-related skills and knowledge of the professional world
Collect data and map how inclusive your culture currently is and commit to tracking it with clear KPIs
Upskill and support line managers to recruit, manage and lead diverse groups of talent and enable them to thrives
Work with other employers across industries and sectors to share insights and practical solutions that drive social mobility
Organisations that have – and make the most of – diverse talent are more successful. And while many organisations want to do things differently, only a real commitment by corporate leaders and accountability will result in significant change. This means employer commitment to real action that opens doors to all young people.
The following organisations have all expressed their support for the majority of our key asks. While we recognise that some are further on in their journey than others, we are all collectively working to open doors for the next generation.
Brokerage Youth Survey Spring 2021
Our young people were consulted and surveyed in order to ensure that these asks reflect the their needs. The survey (conducted in Spring 2021) revealed that that 89% of young people (aged 16-25) are worried (36 % very worried, 32% worried and 23% somewhat worried) about the impact of Covid-19 on their future career prospects.
The survey of young people also found:
- Half of young people (50%) have changed or expect to change their career plans because of Covid-19.
- More than half of young people (54%) have changed or expect to change their education plans because of Covid-19
- Young people’s three biggest concerns as a result of the crisis are not being able to access work opportunities, a lack of work experience opportunities and not getting the qualifications they need to achieve their career ambitions.