Why improve youth employment programmes?
Younger generations entering the labour market today face different challenges compared to previous generations. Changing demographics, the increasing number of graduates and the changing shape of the labour market all have an impact on young people’s employment prospects.
Cities can promote youth employment by working in collaboration with relevant organisations, matching supply and demand, increasing the accessibility of services and creating new effective and efficient pathways into employment.
|Case study||Policy aim||Location||Country||Lead organisation(s)|
|1. Filling the gaps in national provision||Provide support to move the unemployed into work||Ipswich||UK||MyGo, Job Centre Plus|
|2. Mapping out services, identifying gaps and integrating services||Improve young people’s employment outcomes||Brooklyn, New York City||New York, US||Sunset Park Alliance|
|3. Working with ‘anchor’ institutions||Close the skills gap between supply and demand||Baltimore||Maryland, US||Baltimore integration Partnership|
|4. Creating alternative routes into the professional service sectors||Close the skills gap between supply and demand||Cities across the US||US||Year Up|
|5. Promoting city-wide collaboration using mayoral influence||Improve young people’s work preparation||Boston||Massachusetts, US||Boston PIC|
|6 . Leveraging resources and building capacity through best-practice sharing||Invest in youth employment programmes||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania, US||Philadelphia Youth Network|
|7. Using an intermediary organisation to leverage resource||Invest in youth employment programmes||Detroit||Michigan, US||City Connect Detroit|
|8. Using shared data and evidence to drive demand-led interventions||Give employers a voice within the workforce development system||South East Michigan||Michigan, US||Workforce Intelligence Network|
|9. Evidence-based policy making||Improve young people employment prospects||New York City||New York, US||Centre for Economic Opportunity|
|10. Tacking policy barriers through effective collaboration||Improve disconnected young people employment prospects||Cities across the US||US||Performance Partnership Pilots|
|11. Using targeted interventions||Diminish negative consequences of dropping-out of school||Antwerp||Belgium||Youth Competence Centres|
|12. Preparing young people for job placements and providing support||Re-engage young people||Vancouver||Canada||Blade Runners|
|13. Delivering a wide range of services for young people||Address barriers to work for young people||Hertfordshire||UK||YC Hertfordshire|
|14. Designing and delivering programmes through the Youth Employability Service||Re-engage 16-18 years old NEETs||Brighton||UK||Youth Employability Service|
|15. Delivering greater efficiency and better outcomes through flexibility||Reduce the number of young people NEET||Worcestershire||UK||Total Place Pilot|
|16. Creating a simple and coherent vocational pathway||Improve school to work transition||London||UK||Local authorities|