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2024

Youth Participatory Research: A Review of Reviews and Practice Guidance

Youth Participatory Research: A Review of Reviews and Practice Guidance
Youth Futures Foundation commissioned the Centre for Evidence and Implementation to review and consolidate existing evidence on good practice for youth participation in research and evaluation. The review identifies existing participatory methods and draws out facilitators of promising practice.
2023

Risk factors for being NEET among young people

New research identifies the key risk factors for young people becoming NEET
New research, commissioned by Youth Futures Foundation, reveals that there are two groups of young people facing multiple types of marginalisation that are associated with a substantial increase in becoming NEET (not in employment, education, or training).
2023

CatZeroLtd

Evaluation Report
CatZero is a youth development charity helping young people that are that are not in employment, education and training (NEET) across the Humber region to overcome personal challenges and lead positive lives. CatZero aims to increase the confidence and self-esteem of young people by challenging them to complete a 12 week programme focused on vocational and...
2023

UpRising

Evaluation Report
UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation with a mission to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. With the funding, 400 young people aged 18-25 will be supported by the existing 'Fastlaners' programme through an online programme. Young people will benefit from connecting...
2023

Unlocking youth employment: Opportunities for employers and marginalised groups

Good Jobs Project
We’re delighted to support ReGenerate on the Good Jobs Project. Their approach puts business need at the centre of the vacancies and youth unemployment challenge. By understanding this, we hope to support employers to adapt their practice and behaviour, recruit untapped young talent and recognise their role as a key player in the employment system.
2023

Evaluating England’s youth employment infrastructure: Final report

Evaluating England's youth employment infrastructure
Evaluation
Youth Futures commissioned RAND Europe to conduct research to better understand the roles of third sector organisations that work with others (such as service providers, funders or policymakers) and offer support to those working directly with young people.
2023

Choosing your freedom: Youth self employment

TSIP
Findings from a participatory research study on young people and self-employment. We are seeing through multiple sources of evidence that young people from marginalised backgrounds do actively consider self-employment for a variety of reasons - and it’s therefore vital we better understand how to ensure their work is of a good quality and invest to make sure they are not further...
2022

Rapid survey with young people from ethnic minorities

Savanta ComRes
Savanta ComRes conducted independent research to understand how 2,296 young people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds make decisions about education and work, and the barriers they face in finding good quality employment opportunities.
2022

Rapid Evidence Review: minority ethnic youth employment outcomes

Learning & Work Institute
The aim of this evidence review is to provide an evidence base on the impact of government policy in the last 10-15 years on employment outcomes for young people from minority ethnic groups.
2022

Ethnic minority youth employment data analysis

Learning and Work Institute
Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has been commissioned by Youth Futures Foundation, on behalf of the Youth Employment Group Ethnic Disparities subgroup, to conduct a data analysis and gap mapping exercise in order to: Understand labour market outcomes for young people (aged 16-24 inclusive) from minority ethnic backgrounds over the last 15 years. Provide evidence on...
2022

Inspiring Futures evaluation: interim report technical appendix

Cordis Bright
Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in Need (CIN)commissioned Cordis Bright to deliver an independent evaluation of its pandemic response Inspiring Futures programme.
2022

The effectiveness of interventions to increase youth employment: An evidence and gap map

Campbell Collaboration
This technical report sets out the background to the Youth Employment Evidence and Gap Map, how to use it, what’s in the map and our plans to update the map.
2022

Finding a NEET solution

EDSK
This report explores how to prevent young people from falling out of our education system. A young person being ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET) can be particularly harmful and have long-term ‘scarring’ effects. Individuals who spend time NEET are more likely to be unemployed, and face other challenges including health problems such as depression.
2022

Retaining young people facing disadvantage in the workplace: an evidence review

Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa)
A review of the scientific research literature regarding the impact of practices that employers use to retain young people from marginalised backgrounds. This review presents an overview of the findings.
2022

Youth Employment Index 2022

PwC in partnership with Youth Futures Foundation
The PwC Youth Employment Index, produced in collaboration with Youth Futures, provides an important tool to measure, benchmark and monitor progress across the OECD in employing and training young people. This is key to identifying challenges and opportunities in specific economies.
2022

Recruiting young people facing disadvantage: an evidence review

Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa)
A review of the scientific research literature regarding the impact of practices that employers use to recruit and select young people from marginalised backgrounds. This review presents an overview of the findings.
2021

LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences in employment

Report
The aim of the report was to explore the experiences that LGBTQ+ young people have in employment including their time spent job-seeking. This report shares some insight into the experiences and challenges that young LGBTQ+ people face in the workplace with recommendations for employers,...
2021

Young people, ADHD and employment

This report explores young people's experiences with ADHD and their transition from education to employment. The target audience for this document includes employers, education professionals and authorities, job centres, charities, politicians and trade unions.
2021

Employer Skills Survey 2019 Analysis Report

IFF Research
This report presents analysis of the Employer Skills Survey 2019 to quantify employer engagement with youth employment-related initiatives on several indicators and by key employer characteristics. This report is part of a suite of reports produced for the research programme, which also includes qualitative research amongst SME and large employers to explore engagement in the youth labour market.
2021

Inspiring Futures Evaluation: Scoping report

Cordis Bright, Youth Futures Foundation and BBC CiN
This scoping report includes a review of the Inspiring Futures grant programme based on documentation provided by Youth Futures Foundation and BBC CIN. It includes evidence from consultation with nine key Inspiring Futures stakeholders.  
2021

Research summary: Employer engagement in the youth labour market

IFF Research
This is a summary of research into employer engagement in the youth labour market i.e. recruiting young people, participating in apprenticeships and traineeships, and providing work experience and work inspiration activities. The research comprises analysis of the Employer Skills Survey 2019 and qualitative research with over 90 employers across size, sector and region.
2021

SMEs and the youth labour market

IFF Research
This report explores barriers to and enablers for small to medium-sized employers' (with under 250 employees) engagement with youth employment programmes. The research is based on the Employer Skills Survey 2019 and 45 qualitative interviews, split across micro, small and medium employers.  
2021

Large employers and the youth labour market

IFF Research
This report provides a summary of research based on analysis of the largest UK data source on employer engagement in youth employability activities (the Employer Skills Survey 2019) and qualitative interviews with 47 major UK employers.
2021

A Better Future: Transforming jobs and skills for young people post-pandemic

Institute for Employment Studies and IPPR
This report explores the impact of the pandemic on young people, the prospects for future employment growth and how youth employment and participation can be increased.
2021

Youth Futures Foundation: What Works Centre research

FutureGov
This research informs our strategy and direction of the development of a ‘What Works’ approach by increasing our understanding of our key stakeholders including employers, stakeholders and policymakers.
2021

An Unequal Crisis: The impact of the pandemic on the youth labour market

Institute for Employment Studies, for Youth Futures Foundation
This report sets out analysis of trends in youth participation in education and employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021

VIY

Evaluation Report
Volunteer It Yourself combines DIY and volunteering by challenging young people aged 14-24 to help repair and refurbish youth and community facilities, whilst learning vocational trade skills on the job. They also deliver ‘early intervention’ construction sector employability skills and careers training for 10-14 year-olds in schools. The...
2021

The Diana Award

Evaluation Report
The Diana Award is a charity set-up in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales. The charity continues Diana’s legacy by awarding young people for their positive contributions to society, humanitarian or activist work. The grant will be used to enhance The Diana Award's Mentoring and Development programme; it will fund the development and delivery of their...
2021

St Giles Trust

Evaluation Report
St Giles Trust is a charity that provides specialist support for vulnerable individuals and communities, enabling them to overcome the adversity they face. Grant funding will help run a programme which aims to support young people age 16-24 at risk of, or with experience of, the criminal justice system to overcome disadvantages in accessing...
2020

Young, vulnerable, and increasing – why we need to start worrying more about youth unemployment

Youth Futures Foundation and Impetus
New analysis of the population of young people who are neither earning nor learning, examining both the current drivers of, and future trends associated with, being in this group.
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