The Youth Employment Group (YEG) has launched a campaign to create 1,000 opportunities a day for young people.
Government must act now to avoid a record number of young people ending up out of education, employment or training from October.
Youth employment experts estimate that 1000 extra employment, training or education opportunities are needed each day to bring the number of young people not in education employment or training back to pre-crisis levels by October 2021.
Young people are being worst hit by the crisis in the jobs market and they will continue to struggle as the furlough scheme draws to a close, redundancies rise and competition for jobs increases. The most recent labour market statistics show that youth unemployment is likely to follow the trends of previous recessions, meaning the number of young people not working or in education could increase by 50%, reaching a total of 1.1 million. To bring the figure to pre-crisis levels by October 2021, government must drive the creation of 1000 opportunities every day.
The latest aspect of the campaign is to engage local, regional and national media in the campaign. This will:
- Acknowledge that work is underway to prevent a youth unemployment crisis
- Call for government and other stakeholders to commit to the 1000 opportunities a day target
In addition, the call to the relevant media will be backed up by interviews with young people who are unemployed.