APPG for Youth Employment launches new inquiry

The APPG for Youth Employment is delighted to launch its next inquiry as it aims to better understand the impact of mental health on young people accessing the labour market and quality work. The 2022 Youth Voice Census revealed that young people now believe their mental health is one of their biggest barriers to employment and Youth Employment UK called the findings a Mental Health Emergency. Other leading organisations including the Resolution Foundation and The Prince’s Trust have cited that mental health is having an impact across the youth labour market and economic inactivity.

For this inquiry the APPG for Youth Employment will explore the following key question – How is mental health affecting young people accessing the labour market and quality work?

Expert speakers have been invited to give evidence at two parliamentary sessions and external organisations can now submit their own evidence based on the following inquiry questions:

  1. What impact is mental ill-health having on young people when transitioning into education, employment or training? Are there any differences for young people with protected characteristics?
  2. What support is available to young people with mental ill-health who are currently in education, training or employment? How effective is this support? (which groups does this work for)
  3. What additional support could be offered to young people with mental ill-health to get them into work, education or training?
    a) Examples of evidence and best practice
    b) What recommendations would you put forward?
  4. What are the likely impacts on youth employment should these proposed recommendations take place?
    a) Are there specific short term implications?
    b) What are the long-term implications?

Please read the full guidance document for written submissions found here. Submissions that do not adhere to this guidance may be rejected. Deadline for written submissions is the 9th December 2022 at 5pm.

Meeting Dates 2022/23 – please register to attend via Eventbrite links, you will need a copy of your ticket to enter the parliamentary buildings.

25th October  – external organisations will be invited to give evidence – Book here

29th November – external organisations will be invited to give evidence

24th January  – a Minister will be invited to give evidence and receive a copy of the Inquiry Report.

For all inquiry questions please email

New youth employment inquiry

Youth unemployment is expected to continue to rise as the economic impacts of Covid-19 are fully realised. Before the Covid-19 crisis began there were approximately 750,000 young people not in employment, education or training (NEET). The Resolution Foundation, the Institute for Employment Studies and the Learning and Work institute have predicted there will be at least 600,000 more unemployed young people, with a further 500,000 expected to become NEET over the next 18 months. 

The role of the APPG for Youth Employment will be to champion youth employment in all its forms and provide a supportive but challenging response to government policy and investment.

September – December Inquiry

Making youth employment policy work

Following the £3.06bn government investment into new and existing youth employment initiatives in the summer, is there any sign of tensions in the systems and areas where young people can fall through the gaps? In this inquiry we will explore the key youth employment programmes and see what the early indicators are of success, it will aim to provide constructive feedback to the government to accelerate impact or where improvements need to be made if there are tensions in the system.

Inquiry Questions

  • Are the summers announcements #PlanForJobs ambitious enough to address the youth unemployment challenge?
  • Are their gaps and tensions that may cause a rise in further inequalities amongst groups of young people such as those furthest from the labour market?
  • What more needs to be done to accelerate impact and ensure no young person is left behind?

This inquiry will launch in September 2020 and further information including meetings dates and details for inquiry submissions will be published in September.

AGM for the APPG for Youth Employment

The Annual General Meeting 2020 will take place on the 23rd March 2020, 3pm – 4pm in Committee Room 15. Members of Parliament and the House of Lords are invited to attend and join as Officers for the Group.

A full meeting will follow the AGM where the APPG for Youth Employment will begin its first inquiry of 2020 – Youth Employment priorities for the new Parliament

Please do keep an eye out on updates to this meeting as it is subject to change following any travel recommendations imposed by the government in relation to the Coronavirus.



Michael Tomlinson MP supports the Ready and Able Project

On the 8th May, Michael Tomlison MP and Chair of the APPG for Youth Employment supported the ‘Ready and Able’ employability project report launch by Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Michael Tomlinson MP

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Trailblazers Employability Policy Project, funded by City Bridge Trust, began in October 2017 and set out to identify the key barriers faced by young disabled people when trying to find and stay in work. This report summarises the findings of the project and makes recommendations to employers and to Government that would help remove these barriers.

Through speaking directly with young disabled people and employers, the project has found out specific challenges faced and identified changes that would improve things for disabled jobseekers.

The report provides an in-depth picture of the challenges faced by young disabled jobseekers. These include a flawed Disability Confident scheme, and a lack of funding for care costs at work, which prevents people from getting into the workplace.

Through working with employers, this report has been able to better understand the preconceptions about disability that prevent young people finding employment; preconceptions that the young people who took part in this project experience on a daily basis. The report found that the problem isn’t an unwillingness to take on a disabled employee but rather a lack of confidence in knowing how to adequately support disabled employees.

This report concludes with a series of recommendations for both employers and for

Trailblazers – Ready and Able

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

APPG for Youth Employment launches report following inquiry into youth employment data

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group which is chaired by Michael Tomlinson MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole launched an inquiry in October 2016 into the use of youth employment data. The inquiry sought to understand how youth unemployment data is used, how effective it is and if/how it can be made more meaningful.

 Michael Tomlinson MP said “I am very pleased with the work that the APPG has undertaken this quarter, holding a number of well-attended meetings on a variety of issues relating to the opportunities and challenges around the documenting of youth employment and how it helps us get more young people into work.

I personally believe that gainful employment and the skills that come with that has a powerful role in improving social mobility for the most disadvantaged people in our most deprived communities, something that has become clear in evidence we have heard from groups like City Year UK and Centrepoint.”

The inquiry received a number of submissions from organisations such as Movement to Work, Centrepoint Rathbone and Young Womens Trust.

The report which is available in full on the APPG for Youth Employment website and through Youth Employment UK identified that:

Where there is good data about young people targeted support can be put in place.  Organisations that support young people use the national statistical data to design and target services for young people. However the data that is available does not provide a useful enough breakdown at a local level or for groups of young people.

The report puts forward the following recommendations:

  • Production and publication of the youth employment data at a more granular level, parliamentary
  • constituency or local authority area
  • More detailed breakdown of the youth employment categories to separate out young people in
  • education, apprenticeships, in employment, receiving support, care leavers, homelessness.
  • Inclusion of ethnography data within the NEET and economically inactive statistical breakdowns.
  • Presentation of data in a more visual form to allow access to non-data/analytical users

Download the full report here – youth-employment-data-enquiry-report-youth-employment-appg


For more information please contact Youth Employment UK CIC by email –

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