Youth unemployment: a million reasons to act?

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Bivand, Paul; Gardiner, Laura; Whitehurst, Danielle
Publisher
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
Date of publication
1 November 2011
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

Download (567KB )

This report looks at the problem of youth unemployment, and what needs to be done in order to counteract it and prevent a generation of young people being shut out of the labour market and increasingly disconnected from work and learning. The report makes short-term recommendations to rectify the problem of youth unemployment, focusing on education and skills development. The short-term recommendations include: strengthening incentives for employers who offer apprenticeships to the unemployed; reducing complexity for employers – for example by rolling out the payment by results pilots to more employers; and expanding the Apprenticeship Training Agency model, where apprentice providers can employ directly and place apprentices with host employers.

In the long-term, the report considers that youth unemployment, having not been below 500,000 since the early 1970s, represents a structural problem. Addressing this structural problem requires fundamental reform. In the longer-term, the report recommends that this reform should be built around two key elements: a unified system across all 16–24 education, learning and employment support, which could be fully localised or commissioned to non-government providers and supported by a new Universal Youth Credit.

Related to Children and Young People

COVID-19 and the career prospects of young people

Briefing on the impact of the coronavirus on young people

UK children's commissioner's UNCRC mid-term review

Summary of the activities of the Children's Commissioner

EU status for settled children

Briefing on the legal position of children within the EU settled status scheme

More items related to this subject