Blackburn graduate campaigning against young jobless

Blackburn Citizen: MISSION Ava Patel, right, meets pop star Paloma Faith during filming for Battlefront on Channel 4 MISSION Ava Patel, right, meets pop star Paloma Faith during filming for Battlefront on Channel 4

A BLACKBURN graduate is campaigning against youth unemployment on Channel 4’s Battlefront programme.

Ava Patel, 23, from Crompton Place, was optimistic about getting on the career path after completing a three-year journalism degree at Nottingham Trent University.

However, after completing her course, Ava struggled to find work and sent out hundreds of CVs, and job applications.

She said: “I wasn’t prepared for the lack of opportunities, and constant door-shutting in my face.

“I applied to stack shelves at a supermarket and, when I was rejected, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

“Every application came back with the same response, but without any feedback.”

The former Witton Park and Griffin Park School pupil managed to get a job at a 999 call centre in the town, and worked voluntarily to gain valuable work experience.

While browsing Twitter one day, she spotted a tweet about the show and applied to be a campaigner.

She had two weeks to find accommodation in London before starting filming in July.

She said: “It’s an amazing campaign and I can really relate to young unemployed people as I have been there myself.

“My mentor John Higginson, political editor of the Metro, set me a task of forming a youth choir so that young people’s voices could be heard.”

Ava is one of four campaigners, who have each been set a different task to promote youth employment in 16 to 24-year-olds.

“I have been speaking to a lot of young people about how they feel about the situation, and what they want to change. We really want to leave a legacy after the show. I am hoping to speak to top politicians and argue our cause.

“A lot of young people are disengaged with politicians and they know I am helping to get young people’s voices heard.”

Ava and her choir have worked with pop star Paloma Faith and hope to work with Heather Small after selecting her song ‘Faith’ as their anthem.

She has also met with Alastair Campbell and Max Clifford during the campaign.

The programme is due to air in mid-November.

For more information visit www.battlefront.channel4.com

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4:52pm Thu 6 Sep 12

midas says...

Who is campaigning FOR youth unemployment?
Who is campaigning FOR youth unemployment? midas

11:40pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Marsdogs says...

midas wrote:
Who is campaigning FOR youth unemployment?
Well said!
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: Who is campaigning FOR youth unemployment?[/p][/quote]Well said! Marsdogs

11:36am Fri 7 Sep 12

district01 says...

There are too many qualified people without experience wanting not that many jobs. That’s the reality so what do we do about that?
There are too many qualified people without experience wanting not that many jobs. That’s the reality so what do we do about that? district01

12:51pm Fri 7 Sep 12

philmoulden says...

its
its philmoulden

2:02pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Open_Mind says...

In my opinion the predicament that is plain as the nose on your face in today’s job markets is that there are too many unemployed people who have been made redundant from previous roles, who are now applying for lower paid roles to get back to work.

As a result, those assistant and junior executive jobs intended for graduates and young people, are being filled up with qualified and experienced managers and assistant managers who are grossly over qualified and over experienced for these roles.

Losers: Graduates and Experienced and over Qualified Unemployed.

Winners: Companies that advertise graduate jobs, assistant jobs and junior executive jobs and get an experienced and over qualified employee for the same price.


Recessions a b***h isn’t it
In my opinion the predicament that is plain as the nose on your face in today’s job markets is that there are too many unemployed people who have been made redundant from previous roles, who are now applying for lower paid roles to get back to work. As a result, those assistant and junior executive jobs intended for graduates and young people, are being filled up with qualified and experienced managers and assistant managers who are grossly over qualified and over experienced for these roles. Losers: Graduates and Experienced and over Qualified Unemployed. Winners: Companies that advertise graduate jobs, assistant jobs and junior executive jobs and get an experienced and over qualified employee for the same price. Recessions a b***h isn’t it Open_Mind

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