Youth unemployment

Youth Jobs Gap

For the first time, Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap series has measured the gap in youth employment between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their better-off peers. And our findings are stark – disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training (NEET). Young people like Fisa.

What’s more, young people who are ‘doubly disadvantaged’ – meaning those from disadvantaged backgrounds and who have low qualifications – are being left behind. Even when young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have the equivalent qualifications to their better-off peers, they’re still 50% more likely to be out of education and employment in early adulthood.

Our Youth Jobs Gap series uses newly available government data to shed light on these hidden challenges for youth unemployment. Over the coming months, Impetus will uncover the picture across different regions of the country, explore what works through our charity partners and collaborate with others to propose solutions to youth unemployment.

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Youth Jobs Gap: Higher Education

Higher Education is one of the most topical issues in politics, with the UK government’s post-18 education and funding review (the Augur review) due to report back imminently. For the first time, this Youth Jobs Gap report analyses the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data, showing the clearest picture of disadvantaged young people and their access to higher education to date, including differences between different regions in England.

May 2019

Youth Jobs Gap: Establishing the Employment Gap

This first report from Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap series shows that there is an employment gap between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers. This report draws on newly available government data to explore the employment outcomes of young people in England.

April 2019

Youth Jobs Gap: Methodology

The technical details in this document are important to fully understand how we've used a new data set (LEO) for the Youth Jobs Gap series.

April 2019

Backing the best: Our work with Resurgo

When Impetus came on board in 2010, Resurgo’s main priority was to expand beyond the two centres it was operating in Hammersmith and Chelsea. Today, with Impetus' support, they have improved the effectiveness of their programme so that they are getting more young people into work, for longer, and they have expanded to eight centres across London.

November 2018

Youth Jobs Index 2017

Progress in tackling youth unemployment has ground to a halt. Our second Youth Jobs Index has found that the number of young people spending over a year not earning or learning has increased.

June 2017

Youth Jobs Index 2016

More than a million young people are spending six months or more not earning or learning. This has a knock-on effect for the rest of their lives, reducing their choices and prospects.

May 2016

Out of sight: how we lost track of thousands of NEETs and how we can transform their prospects

The government has lost track of over 150,000 young people aged 16-18 in England. For those not in education, employment or training this means they can’t get the support they need. This report highlights that the government’s published statistics don’t show the full picture.

December 2014

Ending the NEET crisis for good: a blueprint for the next prime minister

The large number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), has been a problem for over a decade. This report provides the case and details of a five-year strategy to ‘make NEETs history’.

October 2014

London: a tale of two cities – addressing the youth employment challenge

The youth unemployment rate in London is significantly higher than the national average. Current policies are not doing enough to tackle the root causes of youth unemployment – this report highlights the causes and what needs to be done.

April 2014

The geography of youth unemployment: a route map for change

Young people who leave school with no more than GCSEs are more than twice as likely to be unemployed. This report maps youth unemployment across the UK and the barriers that prevent young people from moving to cities where they have more chance of finding entry-level work.

April 2014

Make NEETs history in 2014

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) is a major problem in Britain – and it’s not going away on its own. This report analyses the drivers and impact of being NEET and provides steps that the government should take to solve the crisis.

January 2014