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 Youth Employment UK. 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.



In June last year, the Prime Minister committed to an Opportunity Guarantee to ensure young people could access training, apprenticeships or quality jobs. We need the Government to deliver on that promise if we are to avoid a generation’s future blighted by the scarring effects of long-term unemployment.  

Blog / News

When we launched our first funding programme last year, we had a clear ambition: to find, invest in, support and evaluate promising approaches that ensure that all young people have fair access to good quality jobs. 


Introducing six members of our grants panel who are bringing their passion, experience and expertise to our grant-making decisions.


Comment on the latest labour market statistics which show that under-25s account for three fifths of the fall in employment.


Youth Futures Foundation publishes its current grants portfolio representing an investment of over £5million to improve job outcomes for young people who face disadvantage or discrimination.


Youth Futures Foundation is delighted to announce the membership of its Future Voices Group, 13 young people who will act as ambassadors for the organisation and inform its strategy and work. 


Young people are being hardest hit by the downturn in the labour market, says An Unequal Crisis: The impact of the pandemic on the youth labour market, a new report published by Youth Futures Foundation today (12 February 2021). 


Charlie Howard, aged 20, joined Youth Future’s Foundation as a Finance Officer Apprentice in October 2020. 

Digital Communications co-ordinator, Rebecca Omereye, spoke to him about taking the apprenticeship route and his plans for the future.  


The Spending Review is a missed opportunity to support young people into jobs and invest for the future.


Chris Goulden comments on how the rise in the number of young people staying in full-time education pushing down NEET numbers.


Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in Need announce the grant recipients of the £7 millon Inspiring Futures fund.


Deuvaunn Darroux joins the Youth Futures Foundation as Strategy Officer Apprentice.


Director of Impact and Evidence, Chris Goulden, reports back from the ERSA Kickstart Forum


Jason Arthur joins Youth Futures Foundation as Director of Strategy and Innovation.


New Heads of Grants Dilys Winterkorn and Lekan Ojumu join Director Matthew Poole (pictured centre) in the Grants and Investment team.