Oscar launches campaign to improve employability and life skills for school and college leavers

Following the conclusions of The Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee, Mohammad Asghar AM has initiated discussions with organisations from the South Wales East region to improve the prospects of School and College leavers.

In the Assembly's report Mind Over Matter, the Committee concluded that 'it is crucial to develop a whole- school approach, embedding well- being into the entire school ethos, the curriculum, and staff training and professional development'.

One way in which this ambition can be realised involves developing partnerships with potential employers in the South Wales East region to improve sector specific knowledge and work skills.

Crucially, given the well-being emphasis, collaboration will be developed with Educational bodies and mental health organisations; to bridge the gap between academia and the world of work, and to enhance young people's resilience, independence and coping mechanisms.

To that end, following the successful collaboration between Langstone primary school and Mindful Schools Wales, Oscar has extended the implementation of mindfulness to Secondary and Higher Educational bodies in his region.

Mohammad Asghar said:

'Improving mental health and practical life skills, such as financial planning and budgeting, is integral in preparing for adulthood, reducing unemployment and fostering a sense of fulfilment from work'.

Commenting on the national debate over whether Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) should be statutory, Mr. Asghar commented:

'I am alarmed at the deteriorating mental health statistics for young people.

I support the Government's mission to build a curriculum that is relevant to the demands of the 21st Century and, reflects the significance of wellbeing for young people.

I will be monitoring the implementation of mindfulness in my region, and seek to use it as a platform to address the other key pillars of Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

I look forward to engaging with new partners and members of my electoral region and will ensure that the necessary changes to young people's education and learning continues to be addressed by the Welsh Government'