Learning and Work Institute joins Youth Employment Group Co-Chairs to help drive young people’s jobs and skills prospects after the pandemic


27 08 2021

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L&W is delighted to become a Co-Chair of the Youth Employment Group (YEG), the UK’s largest coalition of youth employment experts. Over the coming months, L&W will be offering expertise and strategic direction based on our Youth Commission and extensive research on youth employment and skills prior to and throughout the pandemic.

The Youth Employment Group has over 200 member organisations who first came together in April 2020 to respond to the youth employment crisis which emerged from the pandemic. The coalition advocates for full and inclusive employment for young people, focussing on both the immediate and longer-term impacts of the pandemic.

Currently, the YEG is taking forward the latest recommendations for Government on the Opportunity Guarantee and addressing the key issues in youth unemployment as longer-term challenges emerge. The Group will continue to support and be guided by the Youth Voice Forum, chaired by young people to provide a space to engage with the YEG’s work and share their thoughts, experiences, challenges and ideas and solutions.

Sam Windett, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Youth Employment Group says:
From the beginning, it’s been a privilege to help build the Youth Employment Group to where it is today and collaborate across sectors, businesses, governments and policy makers to ensure that young people – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – are best supported during COVID-19 and its aftermath. The job isn’t done yet and I’m ambitious to continue this work, building on L&W’s extensive expertise across the skills and employment domains.

To find out more about the youth Employment Group, it’s activities, subgroups, recommendations and how to join, please sign up here or contact sam.windett@learningandwork.org.uk