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Newbury Youth Council to promote youth employment

A new campaign called ‘Say YES’ has been set up by the Newbury Youth Council (NYC) to promote youth employment.

Junior Mayor of Newbury Daniel Parnell, and Deputy Junior Mayor of Newbury Charlotte Beavan with staff of the Ugly Duckling Cafe.

When the current members of the youth council first started out, they recognised that there was a problem when 16-year-olds came to apply for a job, they often found themselves being turned down due to a lack of work experience. This raised the question of ‘how can you get work experience when you cannot get a job until you are 16?’

The Youth Employment Scheme (YES) looks to address this problem. Youth Councillors have gone around local businesses in Newbury town centre asking them to join the initiative. Those businesses that are taking part in the initiative will be displaying a ‘Say YES’ logo window sticker in their store.

The sticker signifies that people between the ages of 13 and 16 can go into that store and ask for volunteer work experience.

The individual can then arrange their work experience with the business, and this will hopefully make the difference when they apply for a job in the future.

It must be noted that some businesses do operate a different age system, so it is best to check with that individual business. An example of just a few business involved in the scheme include The Ugly Duckling and the British Heart Foundation.

If you would like to find out further information about the ‘Say YES’ campaign, feel free to come to a Newbury Youth Council meeting held in the Town Hall between 7pm and 9pm on the following dates - 9 May, 20 June and 18 July 2019.

Meetings are open to all between the ages of 11 and 18 that live or attend

school or college in Newbury.

There is also an NYC coffee morning in the Town Hall on Saturday 19 May from 10am till noon.

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