Cllr Morrall sits on the Economy and Skills Overview and Security Committee at the Birmingham City Council, alongside previous Longbridge Ward Councillor Ken Wood, who have both raised this issue at committee various times.
Cllr Morrall said: “I am extremely passionate about this subject. I informed the committee on Wednesday about the skills show; because it encapsulates my sentiment that I feel this council has a serious issue when it comes to sign-posting career opportunities to people in deprived areas. Not least, with the huge economy developments happening now, it raises serious questions as to how many of these opportunities are going to Birmingham Residents from deprived backgrounds.
“We really need to start looking into this if we want to give our young and disenfranchised citizens any chance of a real future. Again, the opportunities, jobs, skills and training is all there and available, we just aren’t doing enough to signpost this correctly.”
Following the success of the Frankley Skills Show, Cllr Morrall said that he is planning more events in the future, with after school events, half term events, and he is looking into collaboration with other organisations such as the Frankley Carnival and Hollymoor Community.
He hopes to involve other organisations, such as Frankley Carnival Committee, and hopes the community will support his future events. He said: “I hope that regardless of politics, this is something we should all be able to get behind.”