Series of logos of Youth Employment Group members, including The Prince

In response to the crisis, ImpetusYouth Futures FoundationYouth Employment UK, the Institute for Employment Studies and The Prince’s Trust formed the Youth Employment Group (YEG) to bring together the youth employment sector to help drive the UK’s response. Now with over 200 member organisations, the coalition continues to advocate for full and inclusive employment for young people.

Young people have been hit first and hardest in the labour market by this pandemic and, as the economy reopens, they appear to be disadvantaged in the recovery as well. The YEG is focusing on the immediate and longer-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the employment prospects of young people, in particular those facing the greatest challenges. As well as considering the impacts of the pandemic, the YEG will look at the conditions that have historically prevented young people furthest from the labour market achieving employment- to make sure this group are reached in the recovery.

The group provides the opportunity to work collaboratively, and with governments and policy makers, to ensure that young people – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – are best supported during Covid-19 and its aftermath.

The YEG has committed to embedding the views and experiences of young people and the challenges they are facing as a direct result of Covid-19 into the wider work of the group. Established shortly after the YEG, the Youth Voice Forum is chaired by young people and meets monthly on a range of topics, providing a space for them to engage in the work of the YEG and share their thoughts, experiences, challenges and ideas and solutions.

Established in April 2020, the YEG has been advocating for full and inclusive employment for young people.

Through a partnership with the Westminster Foundation, the YEG also supports a number of subgroups focusing on the causes and solutions of issues facing different groups of young people, and the support needed. These subgroups focus on:

  • Disability
  • Youth justice
  • Apprenticeships
  • Self-employment
  • Employers
  • Quality of work
  • Race

If you would like your organisation to become a member of the Youth Employment Group to share your practices, insights and/or research, please complete our member enquiry form.