Pillarbox is taking media, and
the filmmaking process, and applying it to improving communication and team working
skills in young people here in the North East. The growing trend in our
country and communities, is the increasing number of young people
not in employment, education or training (NEET). The damaging implication for
young people marginalised by mainstream education, is that it can lead to a
substantial loss in future earnings and
tax contributions; not only that, the psychological damage an
individual can suffer as a result of unemployment in early life, can
have lasting and negative impact.
'In the lifetime of a young person NEET between the ages of
16-18, the total cost to the state is around £97,000 per capita'
(Centre for Social Justice/LGA, 2009).
The UK has one of the highest
rates of young people NEET and the estimated cost of youth crime in the UK is more than
£20 million a week (with the risk of young people re-offending after
prison at over 70%).
A report by the Prince's Trust says the number of unemployed
16-25 year olds claiming benefits in the North East has gone up almost
300% in the past five years, so it is more important than ever to think
of new ways of engaging young people.
The use of media and communications as a means of engaging
young people is nothing new, but it can lead to better team working and the exploration of
issues that affect them. By working as a team, (but also having
goals), participants can learn about effective communications, leading to
greater confidence to approach the job market with more knowledge and
self-belief. Of course it's only intended to supplement established projects, but It's an
alternative that can fit into an
existing re-engagement plan; designed to offer fresh
ideas and a chance to explore issues in a creative way.
We are currently working on new workshops
that we hope to deliver to service users within established projects
this year, so please get in touch if we can work together.