Youth initiative, Blastbeat set to tackle youth unemployment in Selly Oak through music

Steve McCabe MP met with Blastbeat consultant, Kit Showande to discuss the expansion of Blastbeat, a musical education programme, in Selly Oak.

The charity Blastbeat started in London and is expanding. Aimed at 14-25 year olds, Blastbeat works to tackle youth unemployment by using music to engage teenagers and young people where they have dropped out of education to reengage them and introduce alternative career opportunities. Participants are tasked with planning, promoting and staging their own live music event, learning key work skills in the process; it is free of charge to young people in youth groups, schools, and colleges as an extra-curriculum activity.

The charity partners with schools, colleges and youth centres and in the past have been funded by the Department for Education and the Lottery Fund.   A recent YouGov Poll for the Prince’s Trust revealed that 1 in 10 young people feel that there is nothing to live for. The poll also reported that young people have feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks due to their unemployment.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was great to meet with Kit to discuss what Blastbeat has to offer young people in my constituency. It sounds like a fantastic initiative and manages to converge marketing, business and enterprise skills by using music, all essential skills in the workplace and for budding entrepreneurs. I look forward to seeing the work that Blastbeat sets out to do with young people in Selly Oak.”

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