APPG on Youth Employment meeting on barriers facing young women


The Found Generation intern Albana Istrefi (left of picture) with attendees of the APPG’s June 2016 event, including Michael Tomlinson MP (centre) and Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of Youth Employment UK (right)

On 29 June 2016 one of our young volunteers, Kingston University student Albana Istrefi, attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Employment (which we advise and support) on behalf of The Found Generation.

The meeting was on the subject of ‘Women and girls inequality’ and the barriers that women, particularly young women, face in the labour market, whether they are working or economically inactive. The event, which included a contribution from the Young Women’s Trust, discussed a number of issues including the possibility of women benefiting from different courses, from coaching, and from going into areas such as engineering where they are under-represented. It was also suggested at the meeting that ‘flexible working’ could become more of a “norm”, in particular to ensure that pregnant women or women that are expecting children will not be left behind.

More information will be available in due course on the APPG’s website but you can also see Albana’s thoughts on the event in the YouTube clip below:

N.B. For those who may be interested, Albana is undertaking an internship with The Found Generation during her summer holiday from university, via the successful Student Hubs Social Impact Internship Scheme, which placed her with us. Albana is now the third intern we have taken on through the Internship Scheme over the past few years, and our involvement in the initiative shows our commitment to get a wide range of socially conscious young people involved in The Found Generation, as well as to promote youth employment and opportunities within our own organisation as well as on a national basis.

Indeed, Albana’s predecessors under the Social Impact Internship Scheme, Emma Selinger and Florence Bates (both summer 2014), were co-authors of our comprehensive Manifesto for Youth Employment, and thanks in part to the opportunities, training and support we gave them, both subsequently went on after completing their university courses to obtain paid opportunities with Challenge Partners (Emma) and the TUC (Florence) respectively.

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