By 2030, all young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will move into adulthood as confident lifelong learners, able to relate well to others, drive change for social good and making progress towards fulfilling lives in work, training or education
In Camden over the last few years, our young people have spoken loudly to the wider community and those in power, highlighting urgent priorities for change, such as the climate emergency and Black Lives Matter. This spirit of youth activism is one of our great strengths which the draft strategy will build on.
The pandemic has shown how quickly whole industries can change. Not only do our young people need the skills that employers want now, they also need the ability to be lifelong, agile learners. These skills and qualities are particularly developed in 16-plus education, where young people are preparing to go to university, training or work. The strategy highlights a need to improve the quality, breadth and take-up of post-16 education in Camden to meet the needs of every young person.
In Camden, we have unparalleled work opportunities in the private and the public sectors and we know that many of our public services, local employers and higher education providers are keen to bring their assets and expertise to bear in support of our young people. However, too few Camden young people are accessing apprenticeships (currently 1% compared with 4% across England) and we know our participation numbers and outcomes in vocational and technical courses need to improve.
A common concern raised by young people, parents and employers is the extent, quality and objectivity of the information, advice and guidance (IAG) offered in secondary schools and beyond. The strategy will focus on ways in which IAG can be improved across Camden, drawing particularly on the stronger skills and confidence in using digital technology developed during the pandemic. We also want to work with schools and young people to devise and pilot a Camden Life Futures Plan for every young person at 16+, who we think would benefit from a dialogue about their future plans which is recorded in a succinct and engaging way.
There are five development priorities for this ambition:
1. A generation of changemakers with impact in their communities
2. A post-16 education system that benefits all students - Develop a post-16 action plan and strategy which:
3. Greater access for young people to education, work and opportunity
4. Better information, advice and guidance to support learning and job choices which lead to economic opportunity
5. A ‘Life Futures Plan’ by for every young person at 16+ - work with schools, other providers and young people themselves to develop, pilot and roll out a format and process for developing a ‘Life Futures Plan’ for every young person by age 16.