Young people are less likely to be in work than older adults and more likely to be affected by the economic impacts of coronavirus.
For young people, having access to high quality employment opportunities, through which they can continue to develop their skills and experience, are vital to building a successful career. There is evidence that long-term unemployment can have a scarring effect, with a long-lasting negative impact on young people’s careers.
As Learning and Work Institute analysis shows, young people have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, and we have seen youth unemployment surge as a result. Preventing this feeding through into long-term youth unemployment is a major priority.
All young people should be supported to achieve their potential in learning and in work. Young people should have access to a variety of high-quality pathways to develop their skills and build their experience, and they should have access to high quality advice to pick the option that is right for them.
We have extensive experience of helping to design and evaluate effective employment and skills programmes for young people, at both national and local level. We use this experience to help inform policy.
Our Youth Commission has examined the employment and skills system for young people in England, developing recommendations for policy based on international evidence and best practice.
This included producing a Youth Opportunity Index by combining seven measures of education and employment outcomes for young people in every local education authority (LEA) across the two nations. This enabled us to compare experiences and opportunities for young people locally, regionally and nationally.
Adults with disabilities still face significant labour market challenges. The disability employment gap remains stubbornly persistent at almost 30 per cent.
People who rent their home from the council or a housing association are twice as likely to be unemployed and three times as likely to be inactive than private renters or homeowners.