about us

About Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment.

As experts on youth employment and unemployment, we are ideally placed to understand the complex landscape facing young people, employers and policy makers.

We are actively tackling youth unemployment by:

  • Giving young people a voice on the youth employment issues that affect them
  • Supporting young people with the skills and careers support they need to progress
  • Supporting employers to develop and be recognised for their youth friendly employment practice
  • Connecting young people to Youth Friendly Employers
  • Providing expert insight across all youth employment policy areas

Giving young people skills, careers support and tools to fulfil their potential

Our Skills and Careers Hub provides 14-24 year olds with free resources, advice and guidance. Designed with input from young people, the Skills and Careers Hub offers practical tools to support young people through education, transition into employment and beyond in a process of lifelong learning.

  • Careers inspiration
  • Skills development
  • Opportunities
  • Peer to peer content
  • Youth Friendly Employers
  • Information on a range of topics including mental health and finances and signposting to expert organisations and support

Connecting young people to Youth Friendly Employers

A shortage of skills, little work experience, a lack of confidence in the future and limited understanding of which careers exist has created a disconnect between young people and employers.


The Youth Friendly Employer Mark is the symbol showing an employer is invested in recruiting and supporting young people.

Our extensive expertise in youth-friendly practice provides employers of all sizes the support they need to create great opportunities for all young people.

Employers can also boost their brand with an employer profile showcasing their business and job roles to the extensive network of young people using our skills and careers hub.

“The Youth Friendly Employer framework gives organisations the tools and support they need to ensure their organisation is positioned to maximise the potential of the young people it engages as employees, customers or other stakeholders”

Dr ANNA CARLILE
Goldsmiths
University of London

Providing expert insight across all youth employment policy areas

Our policy and research work has positioned us as a leading youth employment expert. We understand “what works” across this broad and complex landscape and provide support and best practice guidance for all of those working with and for young people.

Having established strong partnerships across government departments and maintaining our role as secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment we have been able to represent our membership at a range of round-tables, conferences, parliamentary events and within specific projects.

Our leading research includes the Annual Youth Voice Census and the Role of the family in social mobility, we have been instrumental in producing key research from inquiries and presenting these reports to Ministers, MP and civil servants.

Find out more about our work as the secretariat for APPG Youth Employment
Find out more about our research and policy views