In response to the impact of the pandemic on youth employment, Impetus, Youth Futures Foundation, Youth Employment UK, the Institute for Employment Studies, the Learning & Work Institute 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 300 member organisations, the coalition continues to advocate for full and inclusive employment for young people.
Young people were hit first and hardest in the labour market by this pandemic and, despite rapidly moving into work as the economy reopened, they recovery has not been equal of all young people. While youth unemployment is at a record low, in part due to the success of employment schemes deployed over the crisis, this does not capture that fact that each month, more young people are becoming economically inactive and falling out of the labour market entirely. The YEG is focusing on the immediate and longer-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the employment prospects and participation 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 YEG 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.
- July 2021: The YEG launched their new paper at the APPG for Youth Employment, providing a framework for the Government to deliver on its Opportunity Guarantee | “Levelling Up for Young People: Building an Opportunity Guarantee" (pdf, 2mb)
- January and February 2021: The YEG called for an extension to Kickstart, the government’s flagship youth employment Covid-19 programme, publishing a paper on the Five reasons to extend ‘Kickstart’ | Call covered by the Independent
- September 2020: The YEG launched their recommendations paper | Securing a place for young people in the nation’s economic recovery
- June 2020: The YEG called for an Opportunity Guarantee for young people | Call published in The Times
- April 2020: The Youth Employment Group launched | Covered by the Independent
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:
- Youth justice
- Quality of work
- Ethnic disparities
- Young carers
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.