New Labour Market Figures Show Growing Youth Unemployment in UK

24 February 2021

The Office for National Statistics reports that 18- to 24-year-olds have seen the greatest decrease in employment since the pandemic began.

There is a fear that the UK unemployment rate may continue to rise as support for businesses, such as the furlough scheme, is withdrawn in line with the lifting of government restrictions.

On a national level, new analysis shows that there are 26% fewer job vacancies available than a year ago.

News such as this seemingly paints a bleak picture for youth employment in the UK, especially in sectors such as the foodservice and entertainment industries who have been worst hit by Covid-19 regulations.

While young people are facing challenges locally, not just in the search for a job but in attaining valuable work experience opportunities, many of our students continue to find chances to progress towards their chosen career.

Opportunities like our Step Up and SWAP courses allow those close to work to still gain experience and qualifications to stand out from other applicants. Likewise, The Prince’s Trust Team Programme helps young people develop the life skills they need to join a professional working environment.

Courses such as these have proven valuable for those who want to bridge the gap between unemployment and work or education, with over 276 young people accessing our services in 2021.

In response to an increasing number of young people actively searching for job opportunities, we have introduced new course dates for a range of sectors to give experience and qualifications to young people in Suffolk.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the help of Inspire or our YES team, then please get in touch.