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Minister for Employment questioned on employment opportunities for young people

12 December 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee hears from Damian Hinds, Minister of State for Employment and Iain Walsh, Director of Labour Market Strategy at the Department for Work and Pensions,  on the Government’s plans for getting young people into work.

Witnesses

Monday 12 December 2012, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 3.45pm

  • Damian Hinds, Minister of State for Employment
  • Iain Walsh, Director of Labour Market Strategy at the Department for Work and Pensions

Focus of the session

The session is likely to focus on the following topics:

  • How will  Government ensure that young people nationwide are receiving appropriate, specialist support in Job Centre Plus?
  • What plans does Government have to try to engage the large number of young people who are unemployed and not claiming benefits?
  • How will Government work alongside employers to encourage and support the recruitment of young people?
  • How can Government contribute to ensuring that young people receive information and advice on a range of employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and other vocational options?

Inquiry background

Youth unemployment began rising sharply following the financial crisis, peaking at around one million in 2011/12. Since then it has dropped to similar levels as before the crisis, at around 600,000, but at 14.9% overall in 2015, the youth unemployment rate remains significantly higher than the overall unemployment rate of 5.4%. This reflects the pattern of young people having significantly higher unemployment rates overall than the general population.

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