Youth Employment Group

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Why does the Youth Employment Group exist?

The Youth Employment Group (YEG) exists to ensure that there is a quality employment, education or training pathway for all young people, in particular the most marginalised.

Why was the YEG set up?

In 2020, in response to the crisis and its impact on young people, Impetus, Youth Futures Foundation, Youth Employment UK, the Institute for Employment Studies, the Learning & Work Institute and The Prince’s Trust formed the Youth Employment Group (YEG) to bring together the youth employment sector to help drive the UK’s response. Now with over 300 member organisations, our coalition advocates for full and inclusive employment for young people.

What does the YEG do?

It brings together the UK’s largest coalition of youth employment experts and the latest evidence and insight, with young people who have faced or are facing barriers to employment. Together they:

  • Set the agenda by raising the profile of labour market issues facing young people
  • Provide tools with practical guidance on issues and how to tackle them
  • Drive change in policy and activity by working with employers, local and national governments, civic society and young people.

How will this be achieved?

The YEG advocates for urgent action across the UK to:

  1. Tackle the systemic issues that mean hundreds of thousands of young people are left out of employment and education, permanently damaging their long-term health and wealth
  2. Protect young people during periods of economic uncertainty and labour market decline
  3. Improve the quality and accessibility of support for all young people so that they can secure and progress in employment, education and training.

How are young people involved?

We are committed to embedding the views and experiences of young people and the challenges they are facing through the Youth Voice Forum, chaired by young people. It meets monthly on a range of topics, providing a space for them to engage in the YEG and share their experiences, challenges, ideas and solutions.

What do the YEG subgroups focus on?

Through a partnership with the Westminster Foundation, the YEG supports subgroups that focus on the causes and solutions of issues facing different groups of young people, and the support they need. These subgroups focus on:

  • Disability

  • Youth justice

  • Apprenticeships

  • Self-employment

  • Employers

  • Quality of work

  • Ethnic disparities

As Co-Chair of the YEG Ethnic Disparities subgroup, I want to uncover what influences the employment prospects of young people from minoritised ethnic backgrounds. Currently, we are identifying how evidence is informing policy and practice in this area, as well as pinpointing gaps in knowledge. Our aim is to support more young people into high-quality education, training or employment by developing evidence-based recommendations.
Kahiye Alim, Director, Council of Somali Organisations

How do I join?

If your organisation would like to join the Youth Employment Group to share your practices, insights and/or research, please complete our member enquiry form.

Established in April 2020, the YEG has been advocating for full and inclusive employment for young people