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RAD signs open letter to the Prime Minister

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), together with over 200 organisations across the UK, has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for an ‘opportunity guarantee’ to ensure that everyone who is unemployed will have the help they need to get into work.

The Opportunity Guarantee will:

  1. Promote job creation by reducing the costs and barriers to employer hiring, and investing in the jobs that we need for the future.
  2. Support people into work by doubling the capacity in services that help people access the jobs market, with greatest support for those facing disadvantage.
  3. Secure opportunities for young people by ensuring that all have the choice of an education place, apprenticeship, or job.

The full letter can be viewed below.

Dear Prime Minister

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday will reveal the biggest rise in unemployment in the UK for more than a century. We are experiencing a jobs crisis greater than any we have faced as a nation, with unemployment levels higher than in the Great Depression.

We now call on the government for an opportunity guarantee to ensure that everyone who is unemployed will have the help they need to get into work. This means investment in employment support, education and training. As the coronavirus job retention scheme winds down, we need to create opportunities for people to skill up, get a job and have a role in our recovery.

Through a focus on digital services, green infrastructure and new technology, we will see new jobs, skills and enterprise — but we will get there only by investing in the right support for people today. The opportunity guarantee should promote job creation by reducing the costs of and barriers to hiring; support people into work by doubling the capacity of services that help people access the jobs market; and secure opportunities for young people by ensuring that all have the choice of an education place, apprenticeship or job.

These clear actions will enable regions, businesses and households to plan their contribution to the country’s success. An opportunity guarantee must be at the heart of the government’s solution to kick-starting economic growth for all.

Lynsey Sweeney, managing director, Communities that Work

Stephen Evans, chief executive, Learning and Work

Andy Ratcliffe, chief executive, Impetus

Lord Robert Kerslake, House of Lords

Jonathan Townsend, chief executive (UK), The Prince’s Trust

Tony Wilson, director, Institute for Employment Studies

Elizabeth Taylor, chief executive, ERSA

Anna Smee, chief executive, Youth Futures Foundation

Scott Parkin, chief executive, Institute of Employability Professionals

Matt Wells, head of business growth, 4OC / 50 Degrees

Helen Priddey, learning job coach, ACH

Dr John Blackmore, chief executive, Action West London

Katharine Horler, chief executive, Adviza

Kome Owuasu, project coordinator, African Community School

Anna Morrison, director, Amazing Apprenticeships

Clare Caccavone, programme director, Ambitious about Autism

Nicola Newman, chief executive, Ansbury Guidance

Heather Picov, chief executive, Apps for Good

Patricia Gerhardt Rangel, managing director, Art Sense Studio

Hayley Tatum, chief people officer, Asda Stores Ltd

David Hughes, chief executive, Association of Colleges

Mark Dawe, chief executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Suzanne Eusman, head of specialist mmployment, Autism Plus

Isa Mutlib, chief executive, BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

Steve Woolcock, head of mmployment training and skills, Barnardo’s

Tracey McIntosh, executive director of Partnerships and Commercial, Barnet and Southgate College

Andre Burwood, programme director, BASE/BPSDC

Mark Barron, community development manager, Batchley Support Group

Bob Kitchin, director, BDLD CIC

Jessica Mellor-Clark, head of BeOnsite, BeOnsite

Amanda Garrard, chief executive, Berneslai Homes

Mark Ryan, senior leader, Birmingham City Church

John Donnellon, chief executive, Blackpool Coastal Housing

Philippa Knott, policy manager, Blagrave Trust

Carrie Riley, employment and enterprise manager, Bolton at Home

Richenda Yates, apprenticeships manager , Bolton College

Akhtar Malik, development manager, Bradford Youth Development Partnership (BYDP)

David Hynam, chief executive, Bupa Global and UK, Bupa Global & UK

Nicola Inge, employment and skills director, Business in the Community

Sandra Silvester, director of operations , Busy Bees Education and Training

Barry Fletcher, chief executive officer, Career Connect

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, chief executive, Career Ready

Steve Stewart OBE, executive director, Careers England Ltd

Luciana Buzak, employment and skills manager, catalyst Housing

Chris Wright, chief executive, Catch22

Joyce Houston, employability operations manager, CEIS Ayrshire

Turly Humphreys, chief executive, Circle Community

Sally Eley, director, the City & Guilds Foundation, City & Guilds Group

Polly Hughes, development director, City Gateway

John Westby, head of fundraising and business development, Clarion Futures (part of Clarion Housing Group)

Clare Miller, chief executive, Clarion Housing Group

Allister Young, chief executive, Coastline Housing

Stephen Thorpe, head of sales and marketing, CogniSoft

Gareth Mitchell, chief executive, Colchester Borough Homes

Iain Lockhart, development manager, Collab Group

Preeti Dasgupta, deputy director, Collage Arts

Sian Coulton, community engagement manager, Community Gateway Association

Andy Fish, director, Community Heroes Limited

Andy Wood, contract manager, Construction Skills People

Sean Williams, chief executive, Corndel

Gemma Gathercole, productivity and skills executive, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Kelly Bogue, research fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Oliver Benjamin, director of employment and skills, Create Jobs and A New Direction

Emma Owens, head of customer accounts, Curo

Carley Heyes, NEET Support Worker, CXK

Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London

Jackie Carpenter, assistant director strategy, Derventio Housing Trust

Mark Pike, chief executive, Develop

Alexandra Seddon, supported employment manager, Discovery

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, director, DMH Associates

Martha Wansbrough, chief executive, Drive Forward Foundation

TY Jones, director of corporate social responsibility and engagement, DWF Law LLP

Gavin Hoole, co-ordinator, Dyspraxia Lambeth

Caroline Bragg, employability and skills strategy manager, East Sussex County Council

Tom Richmond, director, EDSK

Laura Bell, director, Careers and Employability, Education Development Trust

Ian Parkes, chief cxecutive, ELBA

Maryanne Matthews, chief executive, EY Foundation

Brian Bell, chief executive officer, Fedcap Uk

Andrew Forsey, director, Feeding Britain

Vikkie Wilkinson, development opportunity, Finchale Training College Trading as Finchale Group

Nathan Dennis, director, First Class Legacy

Ellie Yell, founder and chief executive, Fledglink

Ivy Hughes, assistant director – Employment, Enterprise and Training, ForHousing

Asi Panditharatna, director of employment services, Forward Trust

Michael Houlihan, chief executive, Generation

Dr Nancy Doyle, chief executive, Genius Within CIC

Thomas Harley, chief executive, Get Set UK

N Warsama, managing director, Global Skills

Aileen Evans, chief executive officer, Grand Union Housing Group

Alex Whinnom, chief executive, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation and lead

body for GM Talent Match and Hidden Talent

Mandy Meanwell, executive director customers, Greatwell Homes

Graham Duxbury, chief executive, Groundwork UK

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer, Heathrow Airport

Sean McLaughlin, managing director, Homes for Haringey

Diane Thompson, chief executive, Honeycomb Group

Andrew van Doorn, chief executive, Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT)

Mark Bowman, CEO, Inspira

Tim Jones, IAG manager, Jobchange

John Higgins, chartered management accountant, John Higgins Chartered Management Accountant

Chris Waples, trustee, John Laing Charitable Trust

Dr Emma Egging, chief executive officer, Jon Egging Trust

Helen Barnard, acting director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Sarah Oliver, employment lead, KEYFORT Group

Sonia Roberts, chief executive officer, Landau Limited

Dr Jo Ingold, associate professor, Leeds University Business School

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Liz Bailey, MD, Liz Bailey Diversity

Paul Walker, Team Manager Youth Justice, Local Authority KCC

David Montague, chief executive officer, London and Quadrant

Stephen Jeffery, chief executive officer, London Learning Consortium

Anna Ambrose, director, London Progression Collaboration

Virginie Ramond, chief executive, London Skillsand Development Network

Rosemary Watt-Wynes, chief executive, London Youth

Bria Simpson, chief executive, Magenta Living

Dr Katy Jones, senior research associate, Manchester Metropolitan University

Martin Vowles, business development consultant (EET), Martin Vowles Consultancy

Kirsty McHugh, chief executive officer, Mayor’s Fund for London

Mark Capper , head of development, Mencap

Geeta Nanda, chief executive officer, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Anna Moody, marketing manager , Microlink pc

Pastor Calvin Young, senior minister, Mount Zion Community Church, Aston, Birmingham

Maria O’Connor, Brand and Comms lead, Movement to Work

Isla Lightfoot, Marketing Director, MWS Technology – Aptem

Graham Duncan, chief executive, my AFK – working with disability

Joe Marshall, chief executive officer, National Centre for Universities and Business

Steven Haines, executive director, National Deaf Children’ s Society

Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall, chair, National Federation of ALMOs

Catherine Schlieben, HR director- Talent, Leadership, Inclusion and Diversity, National Grid

Kate Henderson, chief executive, National Housing Federation

Jonathan Douglas, chief executive, National Literacy Trust

Leigh Middleton, chief executive officer, National Youth Agency

David Gallagher, chief executive officer, NCFE

Nicola McGrath, community programmes director, Newground Together (part of Together Housing


Mayor Jamie Driscoll, mayor (North of Tyne), North of Tyne Combined Authority

Angela Lockwood, chief executive officer, North Star Housing

Lesley-Anne Kirk, director, Northern Rights

Jo Miller, employability manager, Nottingham City Homes

Laura Mason, chief executive officer, NYBEP

John Orton, community investment manager, PA Housing

Sharon Long, director, Partnership for Young London

Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive officer, Peabody

Jim Ripley, chief executive, Phoenix Community Housing

Tom Chandler, director, PLIAS Resettlement

Ian Reed, Interim chief executive, Plus Dane Housing

Simon Kelleher, head of education and Skills, Policy Connect

Sam Tims, senior policy analyst, Policy in Practice

Matt Whittaker, chief executive, Pro Bono Economics

Helen Davey, lead practitioner (National Careers Service London), Prospects

Michelle Dawson, managing director of Community Services Company, Radian Group

James Chessum, owner and director, Red 5 People

Sue Pittock, chief executive officer, Remit

Jo Thanki, community engagement manager, Remploy

Jo Rice, chief executive, Resurgo

Rebekah Wallis, director – People and Corporate Responsibility, Ricoh UK

Stuart Coady, business director, RiseUp CIC

Cherri Blissett, associate director, Rocket Science

Rachel Roxburgh, charity consultant, Roxburgh Consultancy

Sue Mountford, joint chief executive officer, Royal Association for Deaf people

Jason Hardman, head of Lifestyles and Work, Royal Mencap Society

Alan Lockey, head of the Future Work Centre, Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Patrick Hughes, director, Salientwork Ltd

Lindsay Evans, managing director, Sgiliau Cyf

Chris Luck, chief executive, Shaw Trust

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Sheffield City Region

Gail Gibbons, chief executive officer, Sheffield Futures

Fraser Ingham, sales and marketing director, Skillsfirst Awards

James Plunket, social investment and strategy Lead, SOFEA

Zak Ahmed, commercial director, Sovereign & Bale

Mark Washer, chief executive, Sovereign Housing

Tom Clarke-Forrest, founder and CEO, Sport 4 Life UK

Sam Hyams, managing director, Springpod

Nadia Adam, team leader, skills and employment team, St Giles Trust

Jackie Bedford, chief executive officer, Step Ahead

Tamsin Millns, managing director, Step Recruitment Ltd

Julie Pickering, head of business development, Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd

Amanda Ward, employment support manager, Stockport Homes

Sonia Ramanah, project director, StreetVibes Academy

Christina Earl, head of innovation and business development, Surrey Choices

Jenny Connick, founder, Talentino

Gill Cronin, director of operations, The 5% Club

Andy Milne, national manager, The Better Health Generation

Jan Ellis , chief executive, The Career Development Institute

Loic Menzies, chief executive, The Centre for Education and Youth

Bethia McNeil, chief executive officer, The Centre for Youth Impact

Siobhan Price, head of service, school improvement, skills and employability, The Education People

on behalf of Kent County Council

Carol Matthews, chief executive, The Riverside Group

Ashley McCaul, chief executive officer, ThinkForward

Karen Kenmare, senior housing related support manager, Thirteen Group

Steve Coffey, Group chief executive, Torus

Graham Smithers, head of services, Tower Project Job Enterprise and Training Services

Ndidi Okezie, chief executive officer, UK Youth

Corrine Bougaard, chief executive officer, Union Dance Trust Ltd

Professor Paul Gregg, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education, University of Derby

Hannah Stranger-Jones, director impact and influence, UnLtd

Amelia Morgan, chief executive officer, Venture Trust

Richard Mettrick, BBO performance manager, Vestia Community Trust

Cheryl Quine, work and enterprise manager, Weaver vale Housing Trust

Gary Fulford, Group chief executive, whg

Maureen Metcalf, general manager, Willenhall community forum

Ken Edwards, chief executive officer, Working Options in Education

Nathan Jack, employment and enterprise manager, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Margaret Brewer, operations director, Xyrius Training Limited

Diane Roberts, interim chief executive officer, Yes (Your Employment Service) subsidiary of Northwards Housing

Sharon Davies, chief executive officer, Young Enterprise

Joe Levenson, director of Communications and Campaigns, Young Women‘s Trust

Laura-Jane Rawlings, chief executive officer, Youth Employment UK

Shenaaz Chenia, chief executive officer, YouthBuild Ventures UK

Rani Moorcroft, director, Zedgeneration cic

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