Responding to Covid-19

2 June 2020

Working Options News

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve been busy increasing access to and expanding our employability and life skills content to reach more young people. Young people’s employment opportunities will be significantly impacted by Covid-19 so we’re also one of 12 organisations calling for a National Youth Corps and have joined the Youth Employment Group

We’ve gone virtual

We’ve run over 300 of our popular Insights from Industry sessions and employability workshops live in schools and colleges, we launched them virtually as part of ‘home learning’ for schools and colleges during Covid-19 and beyond.

We’ll be running lots of these sessions over the coming months to help us reach and engage many more young people around the UK, to prepare for their future after school and college.

Check out our programme of FREE Virtual Careers Sessions on Zoom in June and July

Read what students and educators say about our virtual sessions

Student Zone content doubled

We’ve more than doubled the amount of content in our Student Zone for students and educators including 50+ bitesize videos and free lesson plans for home-learning.

Visit our Student Zone

We’re calling for the launch of a National Youth Corps

Working Options in Education is one of 12 organisations and individuals that have written an open letter to the Government (published in The Guardian on 24 May) calling for the launch of a National Youth Corps for 16-25 year-olds to create employment and speed recovery.

The recession and accompanying unemployment created by the COVID crisis is most severely affecting the under 25s. With one million young people leaving schools, colleges and university this summer, research and analysis forecasts more than 600,000 of these will become unemployed. The more disadvantaged will fare worst. The crisis could produce a ‘Generation C’ whose future prospects are blighted.

Read about the National Youth Corps campaign

Sign the petition for a National Youth Corps

We’ve become members of the Youth Employment Group

The impact of COVID-19 on young people’s prospects in the labour market and in education is rapidly becoming a cause for concern. Set up in response to the crisis by Impetus, Youth Futures Foundation, Youth Employment UK, the Institute for Employment Studies and The Prince’s Trust, the Youth Employment Group (YEG) is bringing 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.

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