What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Millions of young people in Africa simply have no opportunity for tertiary education and/or gainful employment. This is because (1) when it comes to getting work some young people do have training but do not have the skills employers are looking for, (2) young people do not have training and come from families who cannot afford the costs of tertiary education. Depression and despair soon set in and this often leads to alcoholism and substance abuse, casual and unprotected sexual activity (simply because of boredom), which results in sexually transmitted infections including the widespread proliferation of HIV and Aids, and often, ultimately suicide (Of course, other circumstances also lead to these tragic outcomes).Girls and women in Africa in particular can face significant challenge when seeking work.
Many in the UK face obstacles in finding and securing gainful employment opportunities. This can be because people have previously left the world of work because of a major life challenge, following which getting back into the labour market can be difficult. Or, because of a prevailing health, a perceived ‘difference’ or social issue people do not find it easy to compete with others who are also seeking work.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Young People in Africa:
- Africa has the youngest population in the world
- Africa has 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (this is set to double by 2045)
- The population of sub-Saharan Africa is reportedly growing at the fastest rate in the world with 65% being below 30 years of age
- 15 million young people in Africa enter the labour market every year unable to find jobs, either because there are not enough jobs to go around, or because skills do not match the needs of employers
Unemployed in the UK because of life challenges:
- Of 7,185 disabled people in the UK 3,468 are in employment (as of Sept, 2016)
- 6,000 pupils in England obtained no qualification
- 47,000 pupils in England obtained fewer than 5 GCSEs
- 15% of boys do not obtain 5 or more GCSEs
- 16% of White British pupils do not obtain 5 or more GCSEs
- ¼ of those aged between 25 and 29 with low or no qualifications want work, but cannot find work
- ½ of all employees aged between 25 and 29 with low or no qualifications are low paid
- More than 8.1 million people in the UK are from ethnic minorities. Ethnicity can play a major part in a person’s ability to find secure and well-paid employment with many experiencing discrimination and harassment leading to chronic and acute stress, differences in treatment and differences in opportunities.
Experiences of racial discrimination and harassment can lead to:
- high blood pressure
- lower life satisfaction and self-esteem
- respiratory illness
- psychological distress
- anxiety and depression
- anger and stress
- suicidal thoughts
Sexuality and Transgender:
- Of the 6,861 participants in a survey by Stonewall, it was discovered that one in 10 bisexual and gay men between the ages of 16 and 19 attempted suicide less than a year before taking the survey
- One in 16 bisexual and gay men between the ages of 16 and 24 had attempted to take their own life in the same year
- One in seven bisexual and gay men were currently exhibiting moderate to severe levels of anxiety and depression
- Of 6,000 female participants four in five bisexual and lesbian women reported having had spells of feeling miserable, sad or being depressed. Furthermore, one in five bisexual and lesbian women have deliberately harmed themselves
- Re-offending costs the UK £13 billion each year
- England and Wales release 90,000 prisoners per annum. 60% re-offend in the year after release
- Employment reduces the probability of re-offending by up to 50% but 75% of prisoners have no job on release
- The estimated cost for every single re-offender is approximately £200,000 and it costs around £40,000 to imprison one criminal for a year
- In 2013/14, just 25% of prisoners entered employment on release from prison
What is your solution?
Young people in Africa:
We will invest in the lives of less fortunate young people by (a) getting them into tertiary and university education or (b) helping young people to find employment, or (c) working with young people to begin small income generating enterprises. For young people wishing to begin a small enterprise we can supply high quality, low cost promotional and marketing media to include, brand design, website design, video (including animation and motion graphics) and online marketing – all designed to put the young person’s new enterprise a step ahead.
Unemployed in the UK because of life challenges:
We will work in collaboration with local government and other service providers in the provision of resources, training, support and mentoring. In some instances we will help individuals to begin their own small businesses with training, business planning help and mentoring. We can also supply high quality, low cost promotional and marketing media to include, brand design, website design, video (including animation and motion graphics) and online marketing – all designed to put the person’s new small business a step ahead.
How will you deliver this?
We will combine our own collective training, skills and wide experience in collaboration with local government, councils and other existing service providers with which we have contact and relationship, both on the ground in Africa and in the UK.
Future Point (Africa) will supply information and resources via a website that will become more of an online community hub. Membership of Future Point (Africa) by young people will give access to additional resources that can be obtained in exchange for modest payments.
Future Point UK will offer training through our ‘BEN’ programme – BEN standing for ‘Business Empowerment Network’. This will be delivered in collaboration with local government and will feature ‘guest trainers’ with specialist expertise.