Work and Pensions Select Committee enquiry into youth unemployment – 2012

Young people have lost out significantly both during and since the recession, and long-term youth unemployment is now at levels not seen in a generation.

These impacts can in part be explained by the economic cycle: young people are more likely to be moving in and out of work and therefore more likely to lose out in a weaker labour market. And the labour market outlook has deteriorated still further since the Work Programme was announced in 2010.

However there is also evidence of underlying structural problems – around how young people are prepared for the world of work, how those furthest from work are supported, and how the system joins up for those making the transition from learning to work. We argue that the Government response must address both these cyclical and structural challenges.

Inclusion’s response to the government’s strategy of tackling youth unemployment covers:

  • The reasons for young people’s disadvantage in the labour market
  • The design of the Youth Contract 
  • Lessons from the Future Jobs Fund

Inclusion’s response incorporates findings from our recent report Youth Unemployment: A million reasons to act, as well as our work on fragmentation of support for young people and our independent evaluation of the Future Jobs Fund. These reports are all attached