It is vitally important that young people get the absolute best start in life and enjoy a stable, healthy childhood, a good education, fun new experiences and the confidence, ability and opportunity to obtain meaningful employment.
Young people should both share in our city’s successes and contribute towards it. The attainment of our schools and of our students is good and improving. We want to make stronger the connections between our schools and the job market, especially within digital sectors and emerging technologies.
We must address the growing inequalities within the city. Gaps in attainment dependent on where people come from or where they live are unacceptable.
A good start provides the bedrock for a happy and fulfilling life. What supports young people to thrive, makes the city thrive.
A childhood free of stress, an adolescence appropriately guided and a well managed entry into employment should be the norm. This is not always the case but we have seen a large measure of success in ensuring that young people do not become NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and there are many agencies working in the city to support and provide a great beginning.