Employer support for youth employment

On the 29th April the APPG for Youth Employment launched its report into the Employer Support for Youth Employment.Photo from Laura-Jane Rawlings (10)

This report followed a three month inquiry where written and verbal evidence was given by organisations such as the Confederation for British Industry, Federation for Small Business, Careers & Enterprise Company, AELP, Youth Employment UK, employers and young people.

‘Employer support for youth employment’ is Series Five in reports from the APPG for Youth Employment. Previously the group has reviewed youth unemployment data, the transition between education and employment, supporting young people furthest from the labour market and the role the family plays in social mobility.

In this series, the APPG looked to explore the level of employer support for youth employment, where there might be tensions in the system and what is working well.
Government departments have been looking more and more to the business community to step in to support and even solve some of the challenges that exist around skills, careers and employment.

Major apprenticeship and technical education reform has put business in the driving seat of qualification design and investment, and there are also calls on business to support careers education, digital skills and social mobility initiatives across a range of departments.

The APPG for Youth Employment wanted to examine the key asks of government and look to understand how business has responded to those requests. The report which was due to be presented to Anne Milton, Minister of State for  Apprenticeships and Skills put forward key recommendations to government:

  • The APPG for Youth Employment is recommending that a cross government taskforce is created to develop a joined-up, long-term strategy for youth services and employment.
  • We are asking for apprenticeship and skills training reform to prevent the further decrease in 16-18 year old starts and Level 2 and 3 starts.
  • Recommending that SMEs are better supported to deliver against the government’s youth employment strategy.

Download the report in full here

Inquiry into the role of the family in social mobility

Series 4 –  The role of the family in supporting young people into employment

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Youth Employment presented the report on The Role of The Family In Social Mobility to Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

The Minister attended the final meeting for the APPG to receive the report and to take questions from attending delegates. Two Youth Ambassadors from Youth Employment UK were able to ask the Minister questions.

The final report will be published once we have collated the minutes from today’s meeting and received answers from the Minister on questions put to him.

YE APPG Report – The Role of the Family in Social Mobility

OVERVIEW OF THE INQUIRY, REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
There have been some exceptional speakers and some really engaging discussions in this series. The APPG has heard about the range of challenges young people face who cannot be supported by good family networks.

Hearing from young people directly who have experienced the challenge that a lack of family support can bring was really insightful. Young people without family support need government and local services around them to step up and step in to ensure that they do not get left behind and that they can fulfil their own potential.

The APPG has had submissions to this inquiry from leading organisations such as Centrepoint, Barnardo’s, Standalone, Talent Match and others. On behalf of the APPG for Youth Employment we would like to thank all of those people and organisations for their engagement.

Young people who were represented either at meetings or within the evidence provided include:

• Care leavers
• Young carers
• Homeless young people
• Young offenders
• Estranged young people

In the research presented by Dr Emily Rainsford at the very beginning of this inquiry we heard that family plays a crucial role in supporting young people into adulthood and into living fulfilled lives. Within the family Economic, Social and Cultural Capital is passed down from generation to generation. Where a young person is able to build trust, access opportunities and learn about work from their family members they are most likely to succeed into adulthood and can even move to a higher social stratum than that of their parents.

For young people without this family support they are left disadvantaged and will often fall behind that of their peers. They are likely to struggle through key transition periods and face multiple and complex barriers. Throughout the submissions it was clearly evident that young people who do not receive adequate support are at the greatest risk of downward social mobility, a problem that not only scars the life chances of those individuals but also a problem for the economy. A country that truly believes in a fairer society must take bold action to ensure that no one is left behind.

Often raised throughout the inquiry and the written submissions was the issue that there is no accurate understanding of the numbers of young people within these groups. Without understanding the number of young people affected by a lack of family support it is impossible to understand what investment, policies or services are really needed and to what extend existing policies and investment is working effectively.

Based on the evidence heard at the meetings and put forward in the written submissions, the APPG for Youth Employment is making the following recommendations to government:

Protect the benefits of young care leavers and carers
o Young adult carers should be classed as a “vulnerable group” by the Department for Education which would give them full entitlement to the 16-19 bursary. Young adult carers currently miss out on this vital support which would help them with the additional financial costs of learning. As a result, many either do not take up learning opportunities or drop out.
o Young care leavers should be reassured that their benefits will cover the cost of renting while job hunting. The government should extend the exemption of care leavers from the Shared Accommodation Rate of Local Housing Allowance until the age of 25, so that they do not have the pressure of making up the rent while studying or searching for a job. Local authorities can also show their support by exempting care leavers from council tax, as Southwark, Wigan and others have done already.
o The Department for Work and Pensions should make young adult carers exempt from the 21-hour rule in the benefit system. Currently, they lose the Carer’s Allowance of £62.10 per week if they participate in learning for longer than this each week. Most FE courses require longer participation, leaving young adult carers in a catch-22 situation. Given that many young adult carers have already lost out on several years of education as a result of their caring responsibilities, and that they and their families typically live in or on the edges of poverty, they deserve greater flexibility to gain the skills they need for successful careers.

Improve accessibility to Traineeships
o Extending the 6 month time limit for those who need more time to complete a traineeship.
o Allow greater flexibility in eligibility criteria, to widen participation for those young people who will benefit
o Improve awareness through national marketing campaigns and ensure that Local Government and service providers are able to offer and promote them.

Improve mental health services for care leavers This could be achieved by allowing care leavers to access child and adult mental health services to 25 for example, or by placing a specialist mental health worker in leaving care teams.

Provide education bursary support for young people without family support. The government should reintroduce a needs-based bursary similar to the Educational Maintenance Allowance in order to provide financial support for young people on low incomes who are seeking to further their education and job prospects.

AGM October 2018 Minutes

Michael Tomlinson MP opened the AGM at 3pm on the 22nd October 2018

  1. Welcome and Introductions – Michael Tomlinson MP, APPG for Youth Employment Chair
    • In attendance:  Jeremy Lefoy MP and Ben Bradley MP
    • Apologies were noted from: Ian Austin MP, Chris Green MP, Rachel McLean MP and Baroness Bertin.
  2. Overview of the work and impact of the APPG for Youth Employment to date – Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of Youth Employment UK, APPG for Youth Employment Secretariat
    • Over 40 different organisations have submitted evidence to the inquiries and more than 150 different people including over 50 young people have attended the meetings held alongside the inquiries.
    • Series 1 – Youth Unemployment dataSeries 2 – Transition between education and employment, report received by Damian Hinds MP
    • Series 3 – Barriers young people face who are furthest from the labour market, report received by Anne Milton MP
    • Series 4 – The role of the family in social mobility, Nadhim Zahawi MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families has been invited to receive the report at the December meeting.
  3. Finance Report – Laura-Jane Rawlings
    • The finance report was presented and signed by Michael Tomlinson MP
  4. Appointment of Chair – Michael Tomlinson MP
    • Michael Tomlinson MP was re-elected as Chair
  5. Appointment of Officers – Michael Tomlinson MP
    • Ian Austin MP – elected officer
      Chris Green MP – elected officer
      Rachel Maclean MP – elected officer
      Baroness Bertin – elected officer
      Ben Bradley MP – elected officer
  6. Appointment of Secretariat – Michael Tomlinson MP
    • Youth Employment UK re-elected as the Secretariat for the APPG for Youth Employment
  7. Review of meetings in the year ahead – Laura-Jane Rawlings
    • Series 4 – Role of the family in social mobility – 22nd October and 10th December 2018
    • Series 5 – Youth Friendly Employers – 21st January, 18th February, 15th April 2018, meetings held 3pm – 4pm.
  8. AOB – Michael Tomlinson MP
    • No other business was recorded

 

 

 

New Inquiry – The role of the family in supporting young people into employment

The APPG for Youth Employment is delighted to announce that it has scheduled its next inquiry.

Starting in September the APPG for Youth Employment will look at how the family matters in supporting young people into employment. There will be a particular focus on what services and systems are required to support young people in the absence of  family or family resources.

Dr Emily Rainsford of Newcastle University will lead the 1st inquiry meeting, presenting her work from the Cupesse Research on The Role of the Family in Social Mobility.

Organisations are now invited to make contact with Youth Employment UK, the Secretariat for the APPG for Youth Employment should they wish to present evidence at the meeting in October. Please contact info@youthemployment.org.uk

Organisations will also be able to submit written evidence to the inquiry from July 1st 2018. Please see the APPG for Youth Employment website for further information.

APPG for Youth Employment to support hospitality commission

UKHospitality, the newly created body from the merger of the ALMR and the British Hospitality Association, is looking to engage with businesses, employees and wider stakeholders in the hospitality sector on the future of the sector’s workforce.

Michael Tomlinson MP Chair of the APPG for Youth Employment is leading the session on the 12th June.

The UKHospitality Workplace Commission 2030 aims to promote cross-departmental understanding of the importance and potential of the hospitality industry. The Commission will be holding a number of evidence sessions focusing on: promoting careers and improving retention in the industry; education and skills; and diversity of the workforce; and will publish a report including recommendations to government and the industry in the summer.

This is a timely opportunity to feed into UKHospitality’s work to promote the growth of the UK’s vibrant and innovative hospitality sector. We support businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, contract caterers and visitor attractions.

As we set our focus for the coming months ahead we would be grateful if you could respond to our call for evidence. Whether you are an employer or a stakeholder in the sector, UKHospitality would love to hear your views. We are seeking responses to a range of topics, including on skills, immigration and promoting hospitality as a career. You can respond to all or part of the call for evidence. The deadline for responding is 11th May 2018.

Minister Anne Milton received evidence from the APPG for Youth Employment inquiry

Minister Anne Milton attend the final meeting of the the third inquiry led by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment on supporting young people furthest from the labour market.IMG_20171218_195343

The inquiry received 15 submissions and heard evidence from Mark Pike of Develop EBP, Leanora Volpe of Leonard Cheshire and culminated in young people posing questions to Anne Milton, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships.

You can download the full inquiry here.

The APPG during the election period

 

During the dissolution period from 3 May 2017 to 8 June 2017,  the All-Party Parliamentary Groups will not be active. Parliamentary rules prohibit groups from making public comment, holding events, undertaking research or issuing communications, or allowing others to do so in their name.

During this period of dissolution there are no Members of Parliament and the group has no status as an All-Party Parliamentary Group.

After the 8th of June Youth Employment UK the secretariat for the APPG for Youth Employment will provide further information.

Pathways from Education to Employment – APPG Series 2 Report

From Education to Employment

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment are delighted to present our series 2 report: Inquiry in to Pathways from education to employment.

The series ran through January to March 2017.

THE MEETINGS:

As part of the first meeting Youth Employment UK Ambassadors were asked to share their experiences from the education system, you can read our ambassador write up here.

The second meeting drew presentations from Tim Dibb from The Department of Work and Pensions and Richard Beard from Talent Match Black Country accompanied by two young people who had been supported through the programme.

The third, and final meeting of the series welcomed Damian Hinds, Minister for Employment who answered questions from our youth audience, shared the work his department is doing and received a copy of this report.

THE FINDINGS:

14 submissions were received for this report sharing a breadth of topics, expertise and insights. Several key themes came through including; consistency and quality careers advice, work experience, networking and information and updating the provision, information and skills given to our schools.

Youth Employment Pathways from Education to Employment Report – Youth Employment APPG

 

Series 2 – January Meeting

In 2016/17 the APPG for Youth Employment will look closely at three topics that impact on youth employment.

Series 2 begins in January with a focus on – Education into Employment – 18th January 4.00pm – 5.00pm

For each topic the APPG will hold a series of meetings where in the first meeting an external expert will be asked to give evidence on that topic, at the 2nd meeting MP’s and organisations from constituencies around the UK will be invited to give evidence and at the 3rd meeting the relevant Minister will be invited to attend and present.

During each series an inquiry will be launched inviting organisations to respond to questions relating to that topic. The responses will be gathered and presented to the relevant Minister/and or colleagues from the department and published at the end of each series.

DATE AND TIME

Wed 18 January 2017

16:00 – 17:00 GMT

LOCATION

Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 19, London, SW1A 2PW

Please Note:

  • Organisations attending are invited to bring a young person with them to the meeting.
  • You should aim to arrive 30 minutes in advance of the meeting to clear through security.
  • sometimes the room allocation can change with limited notice. Please check www.yeuk.org.uk on the day of the event for any room changes.