Press Release – Launch Of APPG

For immediate release

Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, has established the new All-Party Parliament Group for Youth Employment and has been appointed Chairperson for the group.

The Group’s Inaugural Meeting was held in June, and has been joined by MPs and Peers from across the main political parties.

Chloe is an active campaigner for youth employment, leading the successful Norwich for Jobs scheme, and is passionate about championing young people in employment.

Youth Employment UK CIC a not-for-profit membership organisation has been confirmed as the Secretariat for the APPG. Youth Employment UK CIC will manage the APPG website – and support the elected officers in running and managing the

Chloe Smith MP commented:

“I am delighted to chair the APPG for Youth Employment. The economy is improving but youth employment remains a crucial issue for Britain. Having contributed to significant results in my own constituency, I want to enable Parliamentarians to share evidence of what works and take action alongside businesses and young people to help a generation.”

Speaking after the meeting, Laura-Jane Rawlings of YEUK said:

“Youth unemployment and underemployment is still a major issue in the UK, Youth Employment UK CIC works with a range of members and stakeholders to better understand the barriers to employment and to find ways to overcome these barriers.

“Our largest membership group is 16-24 year olds and we work hard to promote their voices at a national level. Sharing best practice and networking for our members is key to our work and we are delighted that we will be able to use our expertise and experience to support the APPG for Youth Employment.”

The APPG for Youth Employment will hold its next meeting on the 20th of July where members of both Houses from all parties are invited to attend.


For more information on the APPG for Youth Employment please visit the website – or contact Laura-Jane Rawlings at Youth Employment UK CIC via or call 0844 4143101

Inaugural Meeting 9th June 2015

Chloe Smith MP called on Members of Parliament to attend an inaugural meeting for the reestablishment of the All Party Parliament Group for Youth Unemployment.

Agenda Items

1. Chloe Smith MP stood as the Chair of the APPG and this was approved
2. Chloe Smith invited colleagues to stand as officers of the APPG and was also authorised to follow up the confirmation of officers outside the meeting with members across major parties in Parliament.
3. Chloe Smith MP proposed to change the name of the APPG for Youth Unemployment, and asked that it now be the APPG for Youth Employment. This motion was passed.
4. Chloe Smith MP proposed that Youth Employment UK CIC be appointed as the Secretariat for the APPG, this motion was approved.
5. Chloe Smith MP proposed some key areas for the APPG to build into its programme; these were as follows:

1. Statistical baselines and trends
2. Government policy
3. Local and regional innovation
4. International comparisons
5. Organisations to work with
6. Including businesses and young people in the work of the APPG

Members and the Secretariat have suggested that the following areas be brought into the programme:

1. Entrepreneurship and self-employment
2. Range of factors influencing employment
3. Vocational/academic balance
4. Work experience programmes
5. Careers Enterprise Co
6. ESA vs JSA
7. New models of employment
8. Preparing for work

6. Meeting Closed