The impact of COVID-19 on young people’s prospects in the labour market and in education is rapidly becoming a cause for concern.
According to the IFS, young workers today will be hit the hardest. Youth unemployment could potentially rise to two million young people. We know that the scarring effects of short and long-term unemployment are disproportionately experienced by younger generations, and those facing disadvantage, so it is vital that we do everything we can to protect these groups now.
Nacro is pleased to be part of the Youth Employment Group formed by Impetus, Youth Futures Foundation, Youth Employment UK, the Institute for Employment Studies and The Prince’s Trust to bring together key leaders and experts around the youth employment sector to help drive the UK’s response.
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. There are six working groups covering the main areas of concern:
- Reducing job-losses in the immediate term
- Providing employability support during lockdown
- Ensuring a quality welfare-to-work system post-lockdown
- Encouraging a healthy youth labour market post-lockdown
- Supporting viable and quality self-employment for young people
- 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.
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