Preventing a pandemic generation: How can we prevent a rise in long term youth unemployment?

Tuesday 25 August 2020 | 9.30 – 10.30am

The coronavirus pandemic has created an economic crisis, and young people are at the sharp end. The youth claimant count has doubled, and young people are more likely to have been furloughed. Young people leaving education this year face a very challenging labour market.

The Government has set out a number of measures to prevent a rise in youth unemployment – including the new Kickstarter scheme to create short term job opportunities, and additional investment in traineeships and apprenticeships.

This event will explore the impact of the crisis on young people, and what we need to do to prevent a ‘pandemic generation’ whose life chances are permanently scarred. We will examine what the latest labour market statistics, we will discuss the measures announced by government so far, and what else needs to be done to support young people.

Speakers include:

  • Anna Smee, chief executive at Youth Futures Foundation
  • Simon Ashworth, chief policy Officer at  AELP
  • Stephen Evans, chief executive, Learning and Work Institute (chair)

Download slides from the Youth Futures Foundation.

Anna Smee