May 2016 – Why Staying in Europe is Good for Young People
Since our February newsletter one issue has been the focus of much of our work here at Venture – namely the upcoming EU referendum.
Whilst it will come as no surprise that we are massively in favour of Britain remaining part of Europe, we have also looked to focus our attention on an area of the debate which seems to be getting very little attention – the impact on young people.
The decision being made next month will affect the under 30s the most, be it on their ability to study abroad, work internationally or even the cost of living in the UK.
With this in mind we have dedicated the rest of this issue to the benefits of EU membership for young people. If, like us, you believe Britain should choose to remain in the EU, please share the newsletter with others.
The Venture Team
Why the EU matters to young people
Being in the EU has a massive impact on the lives of young people in the UK – from the money the EU provides for training and educational programmes within Britain (through the European Social Fund) to the opportunities free movement brings for young people to begin to explore the world.
Indeed in this digital age – where everything, from doing business to socialising – is carried out with people across the world, being in Europe is a key part of young British people’s identity as global citizens.
Aside from family holidays, programmes such as the EU’s Erasmus+ study abroad scheme (where UK students are provided with a grant to carry out exchanges to other EU universities) often give students their first chance to travel and experience a new country in depth. For the more adventurous there are even a growing number of degrees taught across the EU in English, which can be accessed by British citizens for a fraction of the cost of higher education in the UK (including many which are free – see the map below!).
It is only because of the free movement rights and financial support provided through our EU membership that British young people are able to make the most of these opportunities. Therefore leaving the EU would rob students of this, impacting on their ability to engage with the wider world at a time when global experience is becoming ever more important.
Visit our student section for more information on study abroad opportunities.
Access to an International Labour Market
Much of the debate surrounding the referendum has focussed on the impact leaving the EU could have on the British economy. Whilst these claims are hard to quantify, there can be no doubt that many jobs within the UK are closely linked to Europe.
Whether this is working for one of the many British companies now owned by a European conglomerate, or in a local firm which produces goods for export, young people today are likely to find themselves in jobs which involve some form of internationally orientated work.
At the same time the younger generation are more likely to seek out work in another European country – be this short-term roles on a gap year (such as during a ski-season) or something more permanent. Indeed even the most conservative of estimates puts the number of UK citizens currently working in another European country at around 1 million.
As well as the ease in which young people can move abroad thanks to visa-free travel within the EU, being within the single market also means that British workers have access to a far greater pool of vacancies. As a result they are able to chase their dream career far more easily, with the chances of finding the perfect job more likely when 28 different labour markets are at their disposal.
Find the top 8 reasons to work in Europe on Venture.
Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Should Consider Going Abroad I
t makes financial sense – not only can you save money by studying at cheaper universities elsewhere in Europe but studies show that those with international experience earn on average £2,000 more than people who do not go abroad.
You learn about new cultures – by moving to another European country you are surrounded by a new set of traditions and ideals. Not only will you learn about your host country but this experience will also teach you unexpected things about British culture.
You gain important employability skills – getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to build a new life in another country means you develop an array of transferable skills – from communication skills to independence and problem solving. This might help to explain why the unemployment rate is far lower amongst graduates who spent time abroad.
It’s not only about the language – from the increasing number of courses taught in English across Europe to the growing trend for English-speaking jobs in European countries as firms look to compete globally, European experiences are not just for those who speak another language.
It’s fun – whether its working in an Alpine resort where much of your day is spent on slopes or studying in one of Europe’s great capitals, time spent abroad is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for young people.
Visit our YouTube Channel to hear experts talk about their experiences in Europe.
Make Sure You Vote
Hopefully this update has shown you why life outside the EU would be detrimental to young people in Britain.
However, regardless of your planned voting intentions, it is important that as many people as possible turn out to vote in the referendum.
This is a decision which will have ramifications for generations to come and we cannot let extremists from either side decide the result.
You have until 7th June to register to vote.
You can register to vote online on the .gov pages.
For more in-depth analysis and information on the benefits of EU membership visit our blog or follow us on social media.