Our Policy and Research Work

Since its creation in 2012, Youth Employment UK has aimed to influence and support the political agenda to ensure that youth employment remains a government priority, and that the views of young people and our Youth Friendly Employer Community are being heard.

Our policy and research work has, along with unique insight from our youth and partner network, positioned us as the leading youth employment experts. We understand “what works” across this broad and complex landscape.

Partnerships

We have worked hard to develop strong relationships – including formal partnerships – across the Cabinet Office and the Departments for Education, Work and Pensions, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As a result of our close working relationships with civil servants, Ministers and MPs across all parties, we have been able to represent our membership at a range of round-tables, conferences, parliamentary events and within specific projects.

Key Research

Youth Employment UK has led and supported key research and reports including The Role of the Family in Social Mobility, The Employability Skills Review and our flagship Annual Youth Voice Census Report. As the Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment, Youth Employment UK has been instrumental in producing key research from inquiries and presenting these reports to Ministers.

Read on for Youth Employment UK reports, projects and our work as secretariat of the APPG for Youth Employment.

Find out how you can work with us or sponsor some of our key policy and research work.

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Youth Voice Census Report 2019: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The latest Youth Voice Census Report is ready and available for download. This annual nationwide survey benchmarks the experiences of 14-24 year olds transitioning between education and employment. Learn more about what the young people of the UK really think about employability, skills and careers education – see key insights and download the report here.

Reports and Research

Youth Employment Group Recommendations

The Long Shadow of Deprivation : The Social Mobility Commission

Our Summer Statement Response

Youth Voice Census Launch : Video

Having to rely on luck : why young people aren’t ‘levelling up’

Youth Employment UK leads Open Letter to Boris: “Kick start the economy by investing in jobs and people”

Youth Voice Census 2020 : the results are (almost) in

COVID-19 and Post-16 Education Planning for a very different September

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

Youth Employment UK launch new webinar masterclass series

Covid-19 is set to widen the Disadvantage Gap

CEO Webinar – Covid-19 and Youth Employment

18-24? Get FREE access to new mental wellbeing app, 87 Percent. PLUS: support mental health research!

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Young people are being rejected for mental health treatment

Youth Employment UK’s Annual Impact Report – Preparing Young People for the World of Work

A Manifesto for Youth Employment

Do young people currently have the building blocks for a healthy future?

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Youth unemployment on the rise for boys?

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WEBINAR: Establishing the Youth Jobs Gap with Impetus

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Elitism in Britain 2019

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2019 Youth Voice Census Overview & Initial Analysis

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APPG report: Is govt putting too much pressure on employers?

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Skills Shortages in the UK Economy

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Youth Employment UK’s Laura Gibbon on barriers to youth employment: Channel 5 news

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WEBINAR: Employers, develop a work experience strategy

CONNECT: Learn, Share, Improve: a project with Greater Manchester Talent Match

APPG For Youth Employment Report On The Role Of The Family In Social Mobility

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What makes Work Experience Work?

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Civil Service Roundtable: Identifying Youth Employment Issues and What Works

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#YouthVoiceCensus2018 The results are in!

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The Role of Family in Social Mobility

New Youth Employability Skills Review 2017 – unify employability skills or risk alienating young people

YEUK Ambassadors at Parliament

Our report on #NationalLivingWage and young people

Projects and Campaigns

Youth Employment UK are pleased to have been involved with the following projects:

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment

Youth Employment UK is the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment. Its primary purpose is to promote youth employment in all its forms and the role of young people within the economy; to ensure young people’s voices are heard; to highlight the need for quality opportunities; and to share best practice.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment leads meetings and inquires that cover a range of youth employment topics.

If you’re an organisation who would like to become involved or find out about meeting dates, please visit the main APPG website.

APPG for Youth Employment

Labour Market Statistics: Employment Figures

Young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than any other group. Youth unemployment figures have come down since their peak in 2011, but Youth Employment UK is committed to reviewing the ONS data and ensuring that youth unemployment remains a key government priority until it reaches zero levels.

Young people are still fairing worse than other groups: Labour Market Stats September 2020

Latest NEET Data

Youth Unemployment, A Perfect Storm : Labour Market Survey July

Youth unemployment data July 2020

Looking For Work In A Pandemic – A Young Person’s Perspective: Jess

Looking for work in a pandemic – A young person’s perspective: Alina

The largest claimant count in nearly 100 years – a perfect storm

Youth Employment UK leads Open Letter to Boris: “Kick start the economy by investing in jobs and people”

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A cautionary Tale – the May 2020 Claimant Count

Labour market overview May 2020

We’re all in this together… unless you’re low-paid, a woman, or aged 16-24

CEO Webinar – Covid-19 and Youth Employment

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Labour Market Overview : April 2020

Getting Back to Work – how we get the UK back to work in a world post Covid-19

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Labour market overview March 2020

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Labour Market Overview : February 2020

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Labour Market Overview: January 2020

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Labour market overview: December 2019

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Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: November 2019

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Latest UK Labour Market And Youth Employment Statistics November 2019

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Latest UK Labour Market And Youth Employment Statistics: October 2019

WEBINAR: Latest NEET research from Impetus

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Youth unemployment on the rise for boys?

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Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) – UK ONS stats for August 2019

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Latest youth unemployment data

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Latest UK Labour Market And Youth Employment Statistics for March 2019

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Latest UK Labour Market And Youth Employment Statistics for January 2019

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Laura-Jane Rawlings of Youth Employment UK says:

“Youth unemployment and under-employment is still a major issue in the UK. Youth Employment UK works with a range of members and stakeholders to better understand the barriers to employment and to find ways to overcome these barriers.

Our work extends to research and policy. We have built and continue to build a strong evidence case of what works in youth employment, what the very real challenges are and what young people are telling us. The Youth Voice Census is our annual flagship research piece that captures the views and experiences of thousands of young people across the UK.

We have established significant and effective relationships with government at all levels, influencing and supporting policy developments and colleagues to better understand the real needs of young people. The work of Youth Employment UK has positively influenced the government’s approach to include more young people through its consultations and we are very proud of the part we have played in that and continue to play.”

For more information, please email info@youthemployment.org.uk or call 01536 513388.