Working Options in Education has recently joined the newly formed 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.
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.
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.
The group is providing the opportunity for Working Options in Education to work collaboratively, and with governments and policymakers, to ensure that young people – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – are best supported during COVID-19 and its aftermath.
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