First created back in 2014 at the general assembly of the United Nations, World Youth Skills Day is held each year on 15th July. The event aims to acknowledge and communicate the importance of providing future generations with the skills and knowledge they require to give them the best chance of success upon entering the working world.

Over the last five years, the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) has increased by around 14 million – to 273 million in 2021. Last year, the effect of the COVID pandemic on the working life of many was the main focus of activities that formed part of the #skillskeepmoving campaign.

At JB Springs, we are all too aware of the importance of encouraging and supporting the skills of today’s youth. Our interest in contributing to the skills development of aspiring engineers led to the creation of our Springtelligence training initiative.

Springtelligence encompasses informational blogs and videos, which explain technical concepts in spring technology. These resources help spark an interest in engineering within youth while also supporting and enhancing the existing knowledge of engineering professionals.

In addition to Springtelligence, we regularly take on apprentices – many of whom have since successfully taken on key roles and responsibilities at JB Springs and are at the forefront of the company’s future development. Two examples of this are Jake Smith and Joe Wright (below left and right respectively) who joined us in 2016 – their graduation in October of 2020 was featured in one of our blog posts.

Jake Smith
Joe Wright

Our Managing Director, Alex, is a STEM Ambassador. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers representing STEM jobs throughout the UK and acting as a valuable resource for young people. The role involves visiting and hosting primary and secondary school pupils, delivering talks and workshops and more, to educate and inspire the next generation and demonstrating real-life applications for their acquired knowledge.

To find out more about World Youth Skills Day, visit this article on Inspiring the Future’s website: World Youth Skills Day 15th July – Inspiring The Future.