Birmingham holds the 3rd highest rate for 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training

Birmingham is the core city with the highest claimant unemployment rate of 6.3%. Average for English core cities is 4.2%.

In 2013- according to Professor Paul Gregg “40% of unemployed were under the age of 25, this equals 10% of working age group, so it is a large percentage to make up”.

The local authority NEET statists from the quarter November 2013 to January 2014 reveal that Birmingham has the 3rd highest rate of 16-18 year olds NEET (not in education, employment and training) in the West Midlands region.

The statistics show that Birmingham has a NEET rate of 6.6% of 16-18 year olds, whilst Coventry came second with % and Telford and Wrekin coming top in the region.

The West Midland region itself comes second highest out of the regions for 16-18 year olds out of education, employment and training with 6%. This figure is only topped by the North East which had the highest rate of 7.6%.

Including all the regions, Newcastle came top city with a percentage of 9.8% which was one of the 5 locations making up half of the top NEET percentage for the age category.

Cities that scored lowest were Surrey, Harrow and Rutland all with 1.8%, with 7 of the 9 locations being London based.

Out of the 16-18 year old age categories, 18 year olds show the highest percentage across all regions being out of employment, education and training.

The data is an estimate of the number and proportion of young people not in education, training or work in each local authority and some people’s status were unknown and there these statistics are only an estimate.


8 things you need to if you’re unemployed trying to seek employment in Birmingham

1. You are not alone. 5.8% of the UK are unemployed but good news this figure is the lowest it’s been in over six years.


2. Birmingham Metropolitan College and Solihull College are offering free courses as part of a new government scheme. They aim to help unemployed people get a job in the area they want and they won’t affect your benefits.


3. The BBC are offering help writing your CV. Employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job. Your CV could be the difference in you getting the job.


4. Charities can help get you work ready. Many charities across the country offer a range of services designed to help the long-term unemployed get back into work. These services include job interview coaching through to team-building exercises and even concrete employment opportunities.


5. There are support groups there to help you. A local one is called Birmingham TUC centre for the unemployed which is based in Sparkhill.


6. Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS offer work placements for the unemployed in Birmingham.


7. There are organisations set up to help your age category get back into employment. YEUK is the leading campaigning and membership organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK. Whilst indirect helps the over 50’s get back to work.


8. Depending on who you vote for in the elections may give you a better chance of employment, here’s what the Labour party, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats aim to do.


Work experince at Hattie and Flora

Over summer I was lucky enough to get the chance to do work experience at Hattie and Flora. Hattie and Flora is an events company which was created by Harriet and Jodie who have backgrounds in floristry and set design. They aim to style events whilst giving them a handmade touch. They have worked on events such as channel 4 corporate events, Jimmy’s farm, Jamie Oliver’s Feastival and Carfest.

I travelled down to London to their studio for two days each week for about 3 months. I did my work experience like this so that I would be on hand on their busiest days in the week and so that I got the chance to work on more projects.

I really enjoyed my time at Hattie and Flora and was made to feel like one of the team. I got stuck in straight away and got the chance to work on many projects including BBC’s Children in Needs – Dine and Disco where I got the chance to make and decorate furniture that would be used in Eliza Doolittle, James Blunt, Gary Barlow and The Stereophonics dressing rooms. I worked on other projects for Kew Gardens, a wedding and the muddy puddles caravan.

In my time at Hattie and Flora I made, and/or up-cycled many props including bunting, tyre flower holders, fake hanging baskets and painted, decorated and varnished a variety of furniture for various events.

I also learnt a lot about the events industry in my time at Hattie and Flora and learnt the structure of the business and their process of planning for an event.

Week 7- Researching the Media & Cultural Industries

Researching the media and cultural industries is a key factor for media professionals. Companies often conduct or commission others to research media and culture in their production, distribution and dissemination in order to help them meet their goals.

To widen my understanding of researching the media and cultural industries I read “How to do: Media and Culture Studies” (Stokes, 2003).

The text is written for students, in order to aide them in developing their own research questions and helping them to understand which methods are most suited to exploring specific types of questions.

Key theorist include Karl Marx, who studied the economics of society in order to understand how society functions on all levels, including ideological (Marx and Engels 1964, 1974). His work has been the most influential in studies of how social structure of a society is reflected in its culture (Stoke, 2003). They expand this idea “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch of the ruling ideas, i.e the class which is the ruling material force of a society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force” (Marx and Engels, 1974;64).

A key theory developed from that of Marx is Antonio Gramsci’s, who discusses the “importance of culture for monitoring the political power of a ruling elite” (Gramsci, 1971, 1985). Another discussed in Stokes’ text is Louis Althusser’s, he sees culture as one aspect of the ‘ideological state apparatus’, that contributes to the control of ideas of society by the people in power” (Althusser, 1976, 1984).

If I was going to investigate this topic further I would look at the research question “How is the BBC responding to changes in market conditions?” by analysing documents online and conducting interviews with staff.

In conclusion I have learnt ways to develop research questions that are feasible to answer. I also now understand that there are particular methods that one should be exploring depending on how the question is structured and generally have a better understanding of research methods. I will now think more thoroughly when composing research questions.


Stokes, J. C. 2003. How to do media & culture al studies. London: SAGE.