The House of Peers Youth Unemployment Commission has released the long-awaited “Skills for All Youth” report.You can read the full report here..
Youth unemployment has long devastated our society. There is a great imbalance between the skills that the country needs and the skills that our youth graduate from school. Despite its important role in our education system, further education is losing money and youth apprenticeship is declining. In addition to this, challenges continue for the disadvantaged group.
The pandemic has hit young people hard. Many felt two years of turmoil in education, training and social development, with more than two-thirds of unemployment under the age of 25. Some groups, such as hospitality and groups working with young blacks, have skyrocketing unemployment rates.
Today, 475,000 young people are unemployed, of whom 84,000 have been looking for a job for over a year. One in ten young people are not educated, worked or trained. There is great inequality in the employment rates of people at a disadvantage or with ethnic minority backgrounds.
The two young people are not the same, and they may or may not include trainees, apprentices, kickstart placements, T or A levels, GCSE, BTEC, or college degrees in their careers. Everyone deserves equal support to prepare for work.
To produce this report, they spoke with government ministers, experts, charities, and businesses. They also spoke with many young people across the country, from East Midlands to Bolton and Lancashire, as well as ethnic minority youth in London and its suburbs.
- There is a mismatch between the skills that young people today develop in schools and colleges and the skills that the economy of the future will need.
- Career guidance does not properly prepare young people for the employment market, but poor work experience means they do not know the skills they need to succeed.
- Governments of the past and present have funded and underestimated further education compared to university routes.
Not enough apprenticeship opportunities for young people
Underprivileged youth have not yet received the support they need
There is a lack of coordination at the top of the government
NS : Creating a long-term national plan to identify, measure and address skill discrepancies
The plan should focus on the digital and green sectors and on predicting and meeting future economic needs. It should be updated annually to reflect the speed of change in needs.
NS : Readjustment of essential components of national curriculum and performance measurement
National curriculum and government-set progress measures always put skill deficiencies at the core so that young people can acquire the essential knowledge and technical, cultural and creative skills required by the economy. Should be.
NS : Devise new ways to fund further education
The new method should be determined by student demand and give students access to automatic annual funding set by fees. This provides a place for the right young people of their choice and allows universities to bring in additional resources to compete with higher education institutions.
NS : Reform apprentice tax to focus on young people
Employers who receive funding from the levy must spend at least two-thirds on young people who begin apprenticeship at levels 2 and 3 before the age of 25.
E : Launching an Education and Workplace Racial Equality Strategy
Given that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on young people, the strategy should focus on removing barriers to working for young people from the background of BAME. It should contain strong plans for data collection and disclosure about these groups and should intersect with socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and migration status.
NS : Give underprivileged youth access to quality career guidance
Guidance for the most disadvantaged people must be coordinated, provided one-on-one, and evaluated by Ofsted.
NS : Appoint an independent youth committee for people aged 16 to 24
Commissioners should be responsible for youth employment, education and skills. They need to cross-examine government policies, become the voice of young people, and report to Congress each year.
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