With youth unemployment figures standing at more than 1 million - nearly 22% of the economically active population aged between 16 and 24 - the Work and Pensions Committee will next week hold the first evidence session of its inquiry into Youth Unemployment and the Youth Contract.
The Youth Contract is a package of new and existing Government measures, across several Departments and agencies, designed to tackle youth unemployment and to increase engagement in post-16 education and job training. Measures include wage incentives to employers, work experience schemes and apprenticeships, to which the Government has committed an additional £1 billion over the next three years.
9.30am Wednesday 23 May 2012 in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
- Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Ralph Michell, Director of Strategy)
- Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (Tony Wilson, Director of Policy)
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Katerina Rudiger, Skills Policy Adviser)
- Policy Studies Institute (Dr Genevieve Knight, Head of Work and Social Policy Group)
- Runnymede Trust (Dr Rob Berkeley, Director)