Before the Covid-19 outbreak hit, the Youth Futures Foundation was already raising the alarm about the high numbers of young people neither earning or learning.

“We must find new and imaginative solutions to stop marginalised and disadvantaged young people enduring the long-term scarring effects of being outside of employment, education or training. Covid-19 has made the need for our work even more urgent.”
– Anna Smee, CEO


We now find ourselves in an unprecedented global crisis, which is having a hugely damaging impact on the economic prospects of a whole generation.

We know from previous recessions that young people  are disproportionately hit  hardest by economic downturns and it is those most marginalised who will endure the long-term scarring effects of time outside of employment, education or training. 

Youth Employment Group

We are proud to be a founder member and co-chair of a coalition of over 70 organisations that have come together in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. 

The Youth Employment Group (YEG) brings together key leaders across delivery organisations, employers and policy and research institutes. The YEG will help drive the UK’s response to ensure high quality jobs and opportunities are available for young people, underpinned by access to appropriate skills training and career guidance. 

We are keen to partner with cross sector stakeholders to fully understand the challenges and opportunities around youth employment, to build our knowledge base and to co-create lasting policy recommendations that are grounded in evidence.

Youth Employment Covid-19 Response (2020)  is our first report produced jointly with the Institute for Employment Studies, Impetus, Princes Trust and YEUK. We set out a clear set of evidence and practice based policy recommendations for supporting young people into work in the era of Covid-19, building on strong evidence from past recessions of what works and delivers the best long-term value. It highlights the need to mobilise employers, social sector organisations, and, crucially, young people themselves in this national effort to build a futureproof workforce.

The YEG’s second report published September 2020 recommends that clear objectives are set to monitor progress in supporting young people during the economic crisis and beyond.

Securing a place for young people in the nation’s economic recovery: Final recommendations from the Youth Employment Group (YEG)

Joining the Youth Employment Group 

Becoming a member of the Youth Employment Group offers exciting opportunities to collaborate with others, work with government and contribute to the group’s vital work.

Members can join regular updates and can opt into working groups designed to focus in detail on priority areas. 

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Youth Futures Foundation Resources

As the national organisation focused on improving support for young people who face disadvantage or discrimination in their transition into meaningful and sustained work, Youth Futures is working fast to develop useful tools, find cutting-edge and lasting solutions and develop a central knowledge base to help build pathways towards long-term change.

Our recently launched grants programme is the first of its kind in this country to find, fund and test diverse employability programmes to build a much richer understanding of ‘what works’ to help those most marginalised into meaningful work.

We also continue to work rapidly in collaboration with others to develop emergency funding to support young people at risk during the Covid-19 outbreak, and are calling on the government to work quickly to support young people into work.



The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new Job Support Scheme, to start in November, replacing the ‘furlough scheme’.


Board member Alex Morawski talks to Channel 4 News about the challenges of looking for work for young people.


We’re calling on policymakers to act now to prevent record levels of unemployed young people after furlough ends.