Young people fighting to protect their careers



Crawley’s location near Gatwick traditionally meant that the airport and the many companies that support it had employment opportunities.

However, when the coronavirus epidemic last year, the young people living there were hit hard.

“It was a huge roller coaster,” says 24-year-old Ella Sparrow.

She is one of the thousands of young people who had to claim benefits when they became surplus due to a pandemic.

However, not only did she lose her job, she was also unable to complete her business management apprenticeship.

“I couldn’t do course work without experience in the office,” she says.

Like many young people, Ella has upset her career plan with a pandemic.

But now that she has the opportunity to finish her new role and training, she feels more positive about her future.

Ella Sparrow

Ella Sparrow overturned her career plan with a coronavirus pandemic

“It looks like more jobs are available now,” she says.

One in seven young people in the UK is unemployed. According to the figures of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)..

In the UK, job vacancies are skyrocketing in areas such as technology and hospitality. Data suggests..

But the competition is still fierce, Vacancy rate is below pre-pandemic level..

Andrew Aires of Rewards Training, who runs the apprenticeship system, says he is worried that Crawley will be even more painful.

“The airport is already out of 1,400 jobs and will increase if the vacation system is relaxed. We need to be especially careful to protect the youth in the community,” he says.

He says the best way to do this is to provide training that can bridge the skills gaps in the local economy. He says the problem has existed before the pandemic.

“At this point, the hospitality industry sees the first demand from hibernation, especially in the need of chefs, but in other industries recovery is slower,” he says.

“We need to make young people aware of the plans that are there.”

Elise Lemon and Emily Salmon

Elise Lemon and Emily Salmon say they can cope with changing work environments

Elise Lemon and Emily Salmon, both 18 years old, worked as apprentices at Gatwick Airport when the pandemic broke out.

“We were on vacation, but most of the time we were in the dark. It just continued to be extended,” says Emily. Faced with redundancy and loss of training space, they transformed their careers into new areas and enrolled in a new office-based apprenticeship.

“I’m really grateful that I found something right away,” says Elise. She is now thinking about the direction of her career.

“Crawley is a very small town, so it might be a good idea to look for a place like London,” she says.

Despite still facing an uncertain job market at the end of the training, they are not reluctant to speculate on how the pandemic changed the situation.

“It’s said that our work will change, but that doesn’t mean they won’t change,” says Emily. “Business is constantly changing. We’ve dealt with a lot over the past year. If things change again, we’re confident we can do it.”

According to Manta Murti, Vice President of Human Development at the World Bank, its resilience and potential really need to be leveraged.

She warns that taking no action “throws away the potential of 1.8 billion young people.”

When the World Bank launches its annual Youth Summit, she states that young people may be “beared” by the economic blockade and continue to do so after the economic blockade is over.

“Long-term studies have shown that if difficult in the early stages of entering the employment market can have long-term implications for employment prospects, income opportunities and a fulfilling and meaningful life,” she says. ..

Cadiz, a Spanish port city more than 1,000 miles from Crawley, makes the difficult job market even more difficult with Covid.

According to the OECD, one in three young people in Spain is unemployed, more than twice as often as in the United Kingdom.

Carmen Collersón de Castro

Carmen Corazon Decastro

“The situation is really scary,” says Carmen Corazon de Castro, 24, who has been studying marine engineering at university for five years.

“My friends are really frustrated. Even after years of studying, the only job we can get is an unpaid internship.”

She considers herself one of the lucky ones-she is doing an internship-but she is spending her savings to do that and needs to find something more permanent soon there is.

Her other option is to leave Spain altogether.

“I want to go to Australia,” she says. “I think there’s more work out there. I’ve been there before and I like the lifestyle there.”

Dr. Luis Ló Pez Molina

Dr. Luis Lopez Molina states that there are long-term structural unemployment problems around Cadiz.

Luis Lopez Molina, director of employment and entrepreneurship at the University of Cadiz, is not the only one leaving the city.

“Ideally, students should finish their studies here, work here, pay taxes here, build wealth here, and start a business here. This is economically ideal. This is perfect. It’s a circle. “

He said the long-term structural unemployment problem in the region meant that many young people had no choice but to look elsewhere, and the crisis of closing a nearby Airbus factory exacerbated the bad situation. It states that there is a risk of causing it.

“If Airbus runs out, it’s going to hurt a lot here, because there are a lot of students who are very focused on working there,” he says.

World Bank Mamta Murthi says it is imperative to focus on young people as far as the economic recovery from the coronavirus is concerned.

“There is no silver bullet,” she says, but adds that preparing the next generation for future work is key.

“The most important thing is to have the skills required in the local labor market.

“There are too many trainings and opportunities that are separate from what is needed locally, and we have to fill that gap,” she says.

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