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Share Your Views on Employment Opportunities for Young People

Thu 25 Aug 2016

The Outreach and Engagement Service of the Houses of Parliament are inviting people to share their views on employment opportunities for young people:-

Tell us if the current arrangements for young people are sufficient for them to participate in the job market, and help us identify ways of improving this.

The big issue

Youth unemployment began rising sharply following the financial crisis in 2008, peaking at around one million in 2011/12. Since then it has dropped to similar levels as before the crisis, at around 600,000. Despite this decrease, the youth unemployment rate (14.9% in 2015) remains significantly higher than the general unemployment rate of 5.4%. Help us find ways to prevent anybody falling through the cracks and drifting towards long-term unemployment.

How you can help

Join in with the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry and let us know what you think. Your answers don’t have to be long and they don’t have to answer all of the questions below.

Send a written submission via the inquiry page

Please let us know your thoughts by 5 September 2016. Late submissions may still be considered.

Questions to think about

Services for young people

  • How does getting young people into work require a different approach to that of other groups?
  • The Youth Contract is likely to end – what will be the impact of this on labour market prospects for young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training), and what action is required to mitigate this impact?
  • Is current mainstream Jobcentre Plus provision adequate to meet the needs of all young people, including NEETs and unemployed graduates?
  • What do employers look for from their younger employees and potential employees, and how can Jobcentre Plus support them in finding this?

Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools

  • How effective is Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools in enhancing young people's career prospects?
  • Are there any areas of potential tension between Jobcentre Plus advisors in schools and current school career advice provision, and if so, how could these be overcome?
  • How can the Department of Work and Pensions ensure that schools engage with the initiative, and how should its impact be monitored?

Support beyond Jobcentre Plus

  • How can Jobcentre Plus services for young people be more effectively integrated with other local services, especially around education and skills?
  • What broader measures, especially those aimed at employers, should the Government prioritise to improve the employment rates of young people?

Longer-term labour market prospects

  • Since the financial crisis, how have changes in job quality and availability affected young people?
  • How is the decision to exempt young people from the National Living Wage affecting their experiences of employment?
  • What will be the impact of any forthcoming economic uncertainty on young people, and how should the Government best seek to protect them from this?

Please pass this on to anyone you feel would be interested in letting the Committee know about their experiences.

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