Local planning and integration vital for Youth Employment Initiative

17 April 2014

Responding to the announcement of the Youth Employment Initiative – a £170m programme to help young people into work across nine Local Enterprise Partnerships areas – Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Development and Research, NIACE, said:

“This additional investment in addressing youth unemployment and helping young people acquire the skills they need to make positive transitions in a dynamic and challenging labour market is absolutely vital. However, we encourage the selected Local Enterprise Partnerships to ensure effective local planning and integration with national programmes, such as Traineeships and Apprenticeships, to ensure maximum impact, both for young people and national and local labour markets.

“Our recent research – conducted on behalf of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation – highlighted the potential of an integrated local approach to Traineeships and the need to ensure that all key stakeholders are involved in developing a joined-up approach. Local Enterprise Partnerships have a key role to play in bringing together these stakeholders to support effective partnership working. This will be fundamental to the success of the Youth Employment Initiative, along with effective use of key findings emerging from national initiatives such as the Traineeship Staff Support Programme and the Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme.”