Perth CAB launched their campaign on young people and employment rights at a successful event in the bureau yesterday (31st July 2012), with an introduction from John Park, Labour MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife. Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, was also there to add his support to the campaign.
Sarah Mitchell, Social Policy Volunteer at Perth CAB, is the driving force behind the campaign which aims to find out more about the problems young people come up against in the workplace, as well as raising the profile of Perth CAB so young people know where to go to get advice.
Sarah wanted to do something more to help the young people who come into the CAB seeking employment advice. She felt that with unemployment high amongst young people in the region, it is important that young people understand their employment rights so that they don’t suffer once they find a job due to a lack of knowledge.
Sarah has written a briefing sheet, 'Knowing your Rights: employment issues facing young people', explaining the issues young people face (this can be downloaded from the related publications section below). To gather more evidence on this topic, she has set up an online survey asking young people for their experiences in the workplace, and their thoughts on what can be done to educate young people on their rights.
The survey will run throughout August, so if you know any young people living and working in Perth & Kinross, please ask them to complete the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PerthCABcampaign
To help support Perth CAB with the campaign, Citizens Advice Scotland's Local Impact Project was able to assist with funding for the online survey programme, publication and printing costs, and even refreshments for the launch! If you work in a bureau and are interested in campaigning or local action in your CAB, you can find out more about the project and how to contact your Regional Project Officer from the Bureau Zone of this website (or click on Get LIPPY! link below).
More photos from the launch are on Citizens Advice Scotland's Facebook page which can be accessed below.