Securing a place for young people in the nation’s economic recovery: A rapid response to COVID-19

Young people need a secured economic future in the face of the COVID-19 crises. As a member of the Youth Employment Group, we hereby present a Rapid Response Paper co-authored with our fellow YEG members.

About the Youth Employment Group (YEG)

The Youth Employment Group (YEG) was founded to bring together key leaders and experts around the youth employment sector to help drive the UK’s coronavirus response. Youth Employment UK is one of the foundation members, along with Impetus, Youth Futures Foundation, the Institute for Employment Studies and The Prince’s Trust.

The Youth Employment Group 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.

Six working groups cover the main areas of concern for youth employment:

  1. Reducing job-losses in the immediate term
  2. Providing employability support during lockdown
  3. Ensuring a quality welfare-to-work system post-lockdown
  4. Encouraging a healthy youth labour market post-lockdown
  5. Supporting viable and quality self-employment for young people
  6. Ensuring effective and accurate use of data

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.

Youth employment and COVID-19: Download Youth Employment Groups’s Rapid Response Paper

The Group Secretariat has worked together to develop a Rapid Response Paper to form part of the discussions with the government about how it may respond to the youth employment issues brought on because of the Coronavirus.

The key priorities set out in the paper are:

  • Prioritise funding to support youth employment in any forthcoming labour market response
  • Effective government co-ordination
  • Support on every step of the journey to employment
  • Draw on what young people want and what is known to work
  • Build a better youth employment system overall

Over the coming weeks the Youth Employment Group will be working through its range of sub-groups to provide detailed recommendations across these areas.

For further information or to engage with the Youth Employment Group please connect with us via this LinkedIn Group.

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