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What can be done to address the employment issues faced by young people from ethnic minority backgrounds?

Monday 28 June 2021

On Tuesday 29 June 2021, the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee will take evidence from two panels of witnesses.

At 10.15am the committee will hear from:

  • Sean Harford HMI – National Director for Education (outgoing), Ofsted.

At 11.15am the committee will hear from:

  • Jason Arday – Trustee, Runnymede Trust
  • Dr Gurleen Popli – Senior Economics Lecturer, University of Sheffield.

These evidence sessions will be held remotely and streamed on Parliament TV.

Topics the committee is likely to cover include:

  • Ofsted’s role in ensuring young people are equipped with the knowledge and life skills they will need.
  • The role careers education plays in Ofsted’s evaluation of schools’ and colleges’ preparation of young people for work.
  • How Ofsted ensures that providers of technical education are effectively assessed on a par with other mainstream providers.
  • The long-term structural inequalities faced by young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in terms of employment and economic inactivity.
  • Why young people from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to be unemployed, underpaid and on unstable contracts.
  • Why young people from ethnic minority backgrounds may have faced greater impacts from COVID-19 than their white peers and how this imbalance can be addressed.
  • The role Government programmes can play in supporting young people from ethnic minority backgrounds into work.

More on this inquiry

Last week the committee took evidence from: Oli de Botton, Chief Executive, Careers & Enterprise Company; Ryan Gibson, National Careers Champion, Academies Enterprise Trust; Professor Sir John Holman, Emeritus Professor, University of York; Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), Tom Dower, Principal, UTC South Durham; and Tony Ryan, Chief Executive, Design and Technology Association.

You can watch the sessions back on Parliament TV.

The committee’s work can be followed on its webpage and via Twitter.

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