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Shaping the Agenda

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber, held their ‘Shaping the Agenda’ event in Bradford recently. It was attended by over 50 young people from across the region, and featured Meg with John Healey MP, Yorkshire Forward Chair Terry Hodgkinson and Chief Executive Tom Riordan.


The event involved workshops around the issues that are important to young people and looked at how key stakeholders in the region are working to address their concerns. A survey of attitudes, interests and aspirations of 16 to 21 year olds in the region was launched at the event, aimed at finding out what young people want from their region in the future.


28% of the 1200 young people surveyed from across the region felt that climate change would be the biggest issue for the future, followed by global conflicts (26%).   The top future priorities for young people were friends and family, a good job and a long and healthy life - in that order. Despite the continued growth of the cult of celebrity, the region’s young people citied their parents as their main role model (83%), followed by a close friend or other family member. When asked to name three famous people the young people looked up to, entrepreneurs Richard Branson and Bill Gates came out on top - ahead of David Beckham (3rd).


Young people rated job satisfaction and fulfilment as more important than their pay packet - signalling the ambition of most to maximise their talents. A majority of young people (61%) said that running a business was an option they would consider.


The region’s youngsters also appeared confident about leaving school - 80% felt confident about their skills and prospects. For the most part, young people felt education had helped them develop more generic skills that are important to employers. Expectations around educational achievement were also high - with 70% anticipating to achieve a degree or higher.


The survey, conducted by Regional Intelligence Agency Yorkshire Futures survey is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the region.


For further details contact: http://www.yorkshire-forward.com/www/index.asp 

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