Young people urged to share their views at the first youth network conference


The Plymouth youth network are hosting their very first conference this month.

They are asking young people between the ages of 14 and 19 to come along and give their views about the career opportunities available for young people in Plymouth.

They want to find out what opportunities Plymouth needs to offer its young people in order for them to stay and build their futures here.

The Youth Network is run by the City Council’s Youth Services team and aims to bring youth groups together across the city to create a representative voice of young people.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “We need to make sure we listen to our young people so we are offering them the best opportunities to live and work in Plymouth. We know that a lot of young people leave the city once they go away to university so we need to better understand what would make them stay.”

The conference will include short speeches from MP, Johnny Mercer, Steve Cardew the  Managing Director of Kawasaki and Kevin Fox the Managing Director of Wrigley’s who will be talking about what they are looking for when they employ young people on a personal and skilled level and what they as employers have to offer. There will also be stands from local colleges and post 16 course providers.

Plymouth Moorview MP Johnny Mercer said: “I am delighted to be supporting this event as it is a brilliant opportunity for me to hear from our young people in Plymouth. We need to know how they feel about Plymouth, what would encourage them to stay after their education or training, what would drive them to achieve the skills to remain in this city. It is vital to hear from the young people directly about what they would like their lives to look like in five or 10 years’ time. They are Plymouth’s future after all.”

The conference take place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 September at the Plymouth Guildhall, it’s completely free and refreshments and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in coming along to have your say about your future, email Sarah Harris to book your spacesarah.harris@plymouth.gov.uk