Youth Futures Foundation (YFF) are working to remove the barriers preventing disadvantaged young people from entering the labour market, with a particular focus on addressing the ethnic disparities in youth employment.

By focusing on young people furthest from the labour market and championing well-crafted solutions that have employers at their heart, we believe we can create a triple-win for society:

  • Meaningful employment for young people

  • Engaged and motivated employees for businesses

  • A clear view on “what works” to help inform practitioners and policy makers concerned for young people left behind by current approaches

Our core activities include:

Directly supporting those already tackling these issues, particularly in areas of high youth unemployment in England

Engaging employers and business organisations across the country to create opportunities with appropriate support for young people

Developing and sharing evidence about how best to tackle youth unemployment and using this evidence to influence practice and policy



Youth Futures Foundation is starting to build a panel of evaluators with the relevant skills and experience to conduct high quality evaluations of youth employment initiatives funded through our Impact grants. This is an opportunity to play a founding role in this collaborative endeavour to generate robust findings that can be used to improve outcomes for disadvantaged young people.
We are beginning the Expression of Interest stage now, as we expect to require evaluators to start working with projects in summer 2020. However, at this stage we will only select a small number of teams, given that some of our funding activities are likely to be delayed by the Covid 19 pandemic. We anticipate there will be further opportunities to join the panel in the future.


Youth Futures welcome the latest UK data on youth employment released by ONS today, which show a continued rise in the number of young people who are in education, training or work. 


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