APPG report on Youth Employment

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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment has published its report after the inquiry into the Chancellor's Plan for Jobs Covid-19 measures. BASE submitted evidence to the inquiry and raised the critical support needs of young people with SEND.

The report doesn't specifically reference disability or SEND which we find very disappointing. BASE will contionue to press for appropriate support and we are part of the Youth Employment Group.

The APPG for Youth Employment has found: 

● Pre-existing barriers and new causes for concern have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in a large-scale youth (un)employment challenge facing the UK. 

● The true nature and timescale of these challenges may not be revealed for some years; the previous recession of 2008 did not see the not in employment, education or training (NEET) figures peak until 2011. 

● Those from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as those with existing barriers, particularly those with additional needs, disabilities and other protected characteristics, will need additional support to participate and benefit from the Plan for Jobs. 

● The need for quality opportunities to be created not just in the short term but as standard going forward. The nature of youth employment in the current labour market is precarious and low quality which leaves it vulnerable to crises such as Covid-19