All cities have been affected by rising youth unemployment during the recession, but young people have long struggled to make successful transitions from school to work. In responding to this issue, our new report encourages employers and policymakers to look across the Atlantic for inspiration, and emulate the leading role many American cities and businesses take in ensuring young people have access to career opportunities.
The report provides a comprehensive look at youth employment programmes in eight US cities. It demonstrates how cities in a country with a traditionally smaller state have worked in collaboration with others, in some cases major international employers such as JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, to widen opportunities for young people.
It finds that there is a significant role business can play in tackling the youth unemployment challenge:
Policymakers in cities also need to be more proactive in partnering with business leaders to address youth unemployment. They should:
Policy and Research Manager