Youth employment prospects examined

21 November 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee hears from young ambassadors and representatives of charities that support young people, and current and former apprentices in construction, as part of its inquiry into improving employment opportunities for young people.


Monday 21 November 2016, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 3.45pm

  • Richard Chadwick, Director of Programmes and Development, Prince’s Trust
  • Samantha Kerr, Young ambassador, Prince’s Trust
  • Luke McCarthy, Programme Development Manager, ThinkForward
  • Kiianu Glasgow, Young ambassador, ThinkForward

At 4.30pm

  • Gillian Econopouly, Head of Policy and Research, Construction Industry Training Board
  • Dean Smith, Director, HR Group Operations, Carillion
  • Chris Oxford, Assistant Project Engineer, Carillion
  • Jaden Waugh, Former apprentice, Carillion

Focus of the session

Unemployment rates for young people have fallen since their peak in 2011/12, but are still more than double the general unemployment rate. A number of recent developments affect the support that is available to young people. In particular, funding for the Youth Contract package of support has ended, and the Government’s new "Youth Obligation" will only be available to young people in Universal Credit full service areas.

In this session, the Committee examines the impact of these changes on young people’s employment prospects. It considers the extent to which young people are a group in need of specialist employment support provision, whether current arrangements are able to meet this need, and where improvements might be made.

This is the first of three evidence sessions, and features young people with first-hand experience of the support services and opportunities that are available.

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