Remember the young ones

Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that the financial crisis, recession and subsequent stop-start recovery have hit young people in the UK hard. This is particularly true of those who have struggled to make the transition from education to employment and have had to endure a substantial period of unemployment.

This report argues that for many young people who do not go through university, the transition from education to employment in the UK is ill-defined, poor quality and ineffective. New policies are required to secure a lasting reduction in youth unemployment and in the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). This will involve substantial changes to the labour market, and the education and benefits system.