How effective are EU programmes aimed at reducing youth unemployment?

18 November 2013

Organisations involved in providing the UK Youth Contract will be questioned by the House of Lords EU Sub Committee on the Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment, over the value of EU initiatives to the UK and to Europe as a whole.


Monday 18 November 2013; Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 4.15pm:

  • Michael Larbalestier, Head of Research & Knowledge Management, and
  • Jenny Cryer, Regional Operations Director, West Yorkshire, at Prospects Services
  • Rosemary Watt-Wyness, Director of Policy and Strategy, The Prince’s Trust
  • Linda Dean, Managing Director, Rathbone.

At approximately 5.15pm

  • Heather Cousins, Deputy Secretary, Resources, and
  • Brian Smart, Head of NEETs Strategy, from the Department for Employment and Learning at the Northern Ireland Executive.

Likely questions 

In the first session witnesses will be asked a variety of questions, including:

  • In what ways could the UK response to the issue of soaring unemployment levels be improved?
  • Do we need to re-examine the effectiveness of the best practice guidance for tackling youth unemployment?
  • Are employers involved enough to help tackle youth unemployment?
  • How valuable will EU initiatives be in responding to escalating unemployment levels?
  • How do you involve young people in policy discussions and with what results?

Witnesses in the second session will be asked questions, including:

  • In Northern Ireland, how have young people been affected by the economic crisis and in which ways?
  • How is youth unemployment being tackled in Northern Ireland?

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