Disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to be out of education and employment than their better-off peers. As a result of the pandemic the young people we support are facing the highest level of youth unemployment since 20161. Inequalities have deepened…

Young workers are twice as likely to have lost their jobs than older workers 2

Young people with the lowest household incomes have been most affected by job losses and reduced working hours

BAME young adults are 58% more likely to be unemployed 3

596,000 young people aged 16-24 in the UK are unemployed, 124,000 more than 2019 4

More than 1 in 10 young people have lost their job due to the pandemic, 6 in 10 have seen their earnings fall2

And yet in the last decade, careers support has reduced in 8 out of 10 of secondary schools and half of students have had even less careers guidance than usual due to Covid-19. They need our help now more than ever.

We’re bringing together education partners, volunteers and businesses to ensure that a young person’s environment doesn’t constrain their learning and achievement or hold them back from education, employment and training.

We work with schools in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas, for example in Hackney, East London, which has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. 

“We are seeing large and sustained losses in education for school pupils and university students in the wake of the pandemic, with those from lower-income backgrounds particularly suffering.” Professor Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and co-author of the Generation COVID and Social Mobility Report

Disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to be out of education and employment as their better-off peers.

Impetus Youth Jobs Gap report, Establishing the Employment Gap 2019

1House of Commons Library, Dec 2020, data period Aug-Oct 2020

2LSE – Generation COVID: Emerging work and education inequalities, Oct 2020

3UCL – Race Inequality in the Workforce Report, Feb 2020

4ONS Aug-Oct 2020 vs Aug-Oct 2019