'Back in my Day’ was a youth-led project which engaged those aged 16 – 25 in creative, industrial heritage and social history activities between 2015 and 2017.

Our programme focused on motivating confidence and aspiration while identifying barriers to getting a job, including multi-generational worklessness. Young people learnt how to record and archive oral histories, and interviewed nearly 40 older people in care – comparing work, employment and industry THEN to NOW.

29% of the young people engaged were termed NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and 90% of the Project Squad leading the decision-making recognised a massive increase in their appreciation of heritage and awareness of their economic potential as a result of their involvement.




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