An apprentice with a passion for youth work says more needs to be done to engage young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in politics.
Sam Fry, a 21-year-old youth work apprentice with Wakefield Council, took his message to the Conservative Party Conference, on Sunday, 1st October.
“I really wanted to gain an understanding of what the Conservative Party could do for NEET young people as all too often I think this group is missed in the discussion about engaging young people in politics,” said Sam.
Sam’s opportunity to attend the conference came through youth employability and training charity Rathbone Training’s work with fellow youth charity Ambition. Both charities are committed to giving young people across the UK a voice on the issues that impact on their ability to fulfil their potential.
He raised his questions on NEET young people during a panel discussion which included Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, Tim Loughton, MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children and Alex Burghart, MP and member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
Sam also attended a panel discussion with the Young Conservatives including Stephen Canning, from Essex County Council, Sarah-Jane Newell, chair of Conservative Young Women, Meghan Gallagher, Councillor in Motherwell West, Victoria Murphy, chair of London University Conservatives and Councillor Sion Davies, Town Councillor for Elli in Llanelli and chair of Manchester Conservative Future.
“This was the highlight of the day for me. It was very interesting as there were lots of young people there to challenge the panel and although I wasn’t selected to ask a question it was encouraging as the discussion involved engaging young people,” said Sam.
Rathbone Training is part of NCG, one of the UK’s leading education and training providers which aims to support its customers to unlock their potential through learning. The charity has 29 centres across England, Scotland and Wales.