What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
These workshops will help address a few issues in Hereford/shire.
The high level of young people not in education, employment or training.
Outward migration of young people (16-24 age range)
Those young people have poor levels of qualifications and/or low skill levels.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
NEET young people in Hereford is at 25% (close house, youth services Herefordshire)
Ageing population: The graph can be seen here:
Outward migration: The official net loss in 2012, and previous years, is approximately 400 16 – 25 young people but it is believed the net loss is larger due to students being counted at their term time address then leaving Herefordshire once qualified. Source: Herefordshire’s research team.
Skill/qualification: 62% of 16 - 24 year olds in Herefordshire only have GCSE’s or lower, including no qualification (13%). Compared to the 54% (10% no qualification) national average. That’s an extra 1,400 young people. The A level difference is 840 young people. Source: Herefordshire’s research team.
What is your solution?
To build workshops that are accessible and are based around the county’s education, economic and practical strengths. Herefordshire has a good reputation in contemporary crafts both in its quality of education, where the art college has won new designers best in show in 2011 and the college of technology’s blacksmiths has gain European recognition in the craft, and business, holding the nationally acclaimed Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair. Creating a Contemporary Craft co-operative will enable us to build on this reputation and sell work, made by people in our workshops, outside of the county sustaining long term positive change.
How will you deliver this?
This will be delivered by working with youth workers and services to get young people in and get their hands dirty and excited about making, through evening workshops and work experience then get them onto the relevant college course in Herefordshire. When in college they can practice and develop skills they need help with outside of college hours. When graduated they then can use our workshops to establish their career in a positive, affordable environment where competitive equipment is accessible. Helping inspire other people in what was their situation and retain young people in the county with employment.