September and December 2016
On 5 September 2016 we submitted evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on ‘Employment opportunities for young people‘.
This inquiry is considering four key questions:
- To what extent does getting young people into work and supporting them in work require an approach distinct from that of other groups?
- How effective is Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools likely to be in enhancing young people’s career prospects?
- How can Jobcentre Plus services for young people be more effectively integrated with other local services, especially around education and skills?
- What is likely to be the impact of any forthcoming economic uncertainty on young people, and how should the Government best seek to protect them from this?
Our written evidence was published on the Parliament website in October 2016 under reference EOP0054.
We were subsequently invited to give oral witness evidence to the Committee on 5 December 2016. The video footage from the hearing is available from the Parliament website. The minutes of the hearing have also been published and can be found here or here.
The Committee published its final report on 29 March 2017. The report cited our evidence on a number of occasions, and the Committee’s recommendations and observations reflected a number of the points we made in our evidence.
On 22 August 2016 we submitted written evidence to a review being conducted by Baroness McGregor-Smith on progression of BME employees in business and the labour market. We responded to the review from the point of view of young people from a BME background, covering BME young people who are out of work as well as those in work. Our primary submissions were focused at what the Government can do to support BME young people, with examples of both general and ‘targeted’ policies and our response includes input and quotes from a number of our young volunteers from BME backgrounds.
In June 2015 the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility was formed and held an inquiry to consider social mobility in the transition from school to work for 14–24 year olds, particularly those who did not attend university. We submitted written evidence to the Committee on 14 September 2015 and our evidence was extensively quoted and cited in their report of 8 April 2016.
In the run-up to the next General Election in May 2015, we prepared and published our second major report, a comprehensive Manifesto for Youth Employment, intended for consideration by the next Government, with no less than 32 clear, practical, evidence-based sets of policy proposals to be implemented.
The Manifesto is on the primary reading list for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Employment, was considered by the APPG in a talk by The Found Generation in the APPG’s first event in 2015 and has been cited in a debate in the House of Commons.
In July 2014 we published our first major report – Practical Solutions to UK Youth Unemployment. This report draws on months and years of research and makes four low-cost, evidence-based proposals to the Government, local authorities and the public sector, backed by a series of case studies. These are:
Proposal 1: Expanding the use of public sector procurement to create jobs for young people
Proposal 2: Backing a national ‘kitemark’ to recognise “youth friendly” employers
Proposal 3: Creating a cross-government youth employment unit or agency in the UK Government, headed by a Minister for Youth Employment
Proposal 4: Encouraging the creation of more local partnerships – including representation for young people – to co-ordinate the fight against youth unemployment in local areas
In June 2014 we submitted written evidence to the National Union of Students (NUS) Commission on the Future of Work, chaired by NUS President, Toni Pearce. Our submission was based on a mixture of research and on feedback we received on the NUS Commission’s questions from students who attended our workshop at the Oxford Education Conference in May 2014.
In May 2013 we submitted written evidence to the Youth Select Committee, an initiative set up by the British Youth Council and supported by the House of Commons. The Committee consists of 11 young people aged between 15-18 and these young people hold an annual inquiry about a policy issue relevant to young people, with the aim of influencing government policy. The Youth Select Committee acts much like a Parliamentary Select Committee – inviting written evidence submissions, holding oral witness evidence hearings in Parliament and preparing an official report which is sent to the Government.
The Youth Select Committee’s 2013 inquiry was on the role of schools and the National Curriculum in equipping young people with the skills for adult life – otherwise known as “life skills”. We submitted evidence focusing on life skills which were relevant to tackling youth unemployment:
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Enterprise Education
- Citizenship and Political Education
- Employability Skills
Access on British Youth Council/Youth Select Committee website – you can find our evidence under reference EV18.