Supporting NEET Young People into work

Supporting NEET Young People into work 

ERSA and the Education Development Trust are undertaking a research project about young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), with a particular emphasis on care experienced young people.

Currently, 12.6% of people aged 18 to 24 are NEET, which amounts of around 675,000 people. Perhaps even more worryingly, the rate has only decreased 2.2 percentage points since the data started being collected in 2002.

For care leavers, the numbers are more concerning with 41% of 19 to 21 year olds not in education, employment and/or training. This combined with their increased likelihood to be involved with the criminal justice system, live in insecure housing/homelessness and have lower levels of mental wellbeing makes them one of the most disadvantaged groups in society.

In this project, we’re particularly keen to find out how the employment support sector helps care leavers on their employment journey and which of these practices work best.

We’re asking ERSA members and the wider employability sector to spend around 15 minutes on a survey how they support young people on their programmes into education, employment and/or training.

The deadline for the survey is Tuesday 28 February at 5pm and it can be accessed here.

In the survey you can choose to remain anonymous or provide your organisation’s name, whichever you prefer. The data will only be seen by the two researchers named below, stored securely and deleted after project completion. All data will be presented as aggregated, anonymised data in the final report so you won’t be identifiable.

  • Henry Foulkes, Policy and Public Affairs Lead, ERSA 
  • Dr Madeleine Winnard, Education Development Trust 

We hope the findings will contribute to ensuring the evidence base is robust so that sound recommendations to help NEET young people can be generated – all responses are greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions relating to the survey you can contact and

New Social Tech Amplifier seeking ventures that offer tech solutions to help tackle youth unemployment

Catch22, Ufi VocTech Trust and the Social Tech Trust launch new amplifier in bid to improve employment prospects for young people

The Social Tech Amplifier, launched today, is set to mobilise the power and energy of tech ventures in public service delivery to help young people access jobs and navigate the future of work.

Delivered in partnership by Catch22, Ufi VocTech Trust and the Social Tech Trust, and supported by Hatch and Microsoft, the Amplifier is inviting ventures to apply for the programme, where they’ll receive support to scale their ideas.

David Hinton, Catch22’s Project Lead for the Social Tech Amplifier, said:

“At Catch22, we have an ambitious agenda for driving reform in delivering public services, we are increasingly adopting innovations in tackling the injustices faced by young people in the labour market.

Through this exciting new partnership we will be drawing on our shared networks, expertise and resources to accelerate the most promising ventures innovating in this space.

We are excited to be working with ventures who have the potential to transform the youth employment system with solutions which are both impactful and commercially sustainable.

Our experience tells us that there are significant opportunities to drive reform by supporting ventures in this way; ventures we supported through our previous Incubate, Accelerate, Amplify programme won public sector contracts to the value of £21m and continue to drive innovation in public service delivery.”

Those ventures who are successful in applying to be part of the Social Trust Amplifier will receive support with:

  • Accessing Business to Government (B2G) markets
  • Helping ventures to identify the impact and commercial opportunities for deployment in public service delivery.
  • Helping ventures to test and refine solutions through existing supply chain and network partners
  • Helping ventures to deploy impactful and commercially successful solutions in the B2G market
  • Venture development and contract readiness
  • A series of workshops including strategy, finance, branding, marketing, sales, and pitching
  • Peer support and expert coaching and mentoring sessions
  • Demo Day showcasing business to a panel of experts
  • Technology support
  • Ventures will have access to Microsoft’s start-up resources including Azure credits and access to development and productivity tools including GitHub and Microsoft 365.
  • They will also benefit from expert mentors, hacks and advice and guidance from Microsoft technical experts, and connections to Microsoft customers and partners.”
  • Raising investment
  • Helping ventures know what types of funding and investment is available to them and best aligns with their goals and needs
  • Helping ventures understand the process of raising investment and what they need to prepare for fundraising
  • Helping ventures understand what different investors are looking for and start to form an investment strategy

Louise Rowland, Deputy CEO, Ufi VocTech Trust said:

“Digital technology has a crucial role to play in opening-up opportunities for skill development, access to employment and progression in the workplace – the core focus of our work at Ufi. We’re very proud to be a partner in the Social Tech Amplifier, supporting new ventures to scale and transforming the employment prospects of young people.”

Chris Blues, Programme Director at the Social Tech Trust, said:

“Technology can be a powerful tool for addressing the world’s biggest challenges. The Social Tech Amplifier will truly supercharge young people’s employment prospects through scaling impact tech ventures.

“We know all know that talent is evenly distributed, yet opportunity is not. The Social Tech Amplifier will showcase how we can create a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech and nurture solutions that have a deep-rooted impact on young people’s lives.”

Those interested are invited to join a webinar on Monday 10th October, 11am to find out more: register here.

Applications close Friday 21st October 2022 at midday.


About the partners

Catch22 is a charity and social business, working to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. We are committed to tackling the issues of youth employment – and supporting young people, particular those facing barriers to work, into sustainable roles.

Ufi VocTech Trust is an independent charity that champions the power of technology to improve skills for work and deliver better outcomes for all. We provide funding and expertise to organisations across the UK that are developing digital technologies to support skills for work.

The Social Tech Trust is committed to changing lives through technology, and have backed hundreds of tech ventures over the last decade.

We’re working with Hatch and Microsoft whose products and expertise will enhance the skills of our ventures – providing them with access to relevant software, guidance and mentorship.

Neurodiversity and transition for young people into the world of work

Please could you forward on to any school leavers you are in contact with to complete a short survey.

This current research focuses on neurodiverse youth development and the transition for young people into the world of work.

Start survey*:

Survey Password: Monkey900d

Contact details
Researcher:- Gavin Hoole MA.ed SEND PGCE

Email:  Mobile: 07813375196

*further details including informed consent and London Southbank University Privacy Notice via the above link.

Neurodiversity | ERSA

Catch22 and Australian company Angus Knight launch joint venture to drive new approach to tackling unemployment


With unemployment levels in the UK set to soar as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, charity and social business Catch22 and Australian employment company Angus Knight have teamed up to create a new venture – Jobs22.

Jobs22 will design programmes, using the experience of Catch22 and Angus Knight, to help those who face barriers to employment find work.

Angus Knight provides employment and training for individuals and communities across Australia. Their hugely successful work with the charity Life without Barriers, uses technology and highly personalised support to help disabled people, and those with injuries, return to work.

Catch22 runs a number of pioneering employability programmes, including:

  • Bright Light: a programme run with The Children’s Society which provides training and support for care leavers to find employment
  • Digital Edge: a programme funded by Microsoft which opens pathways into digital apprenticeships for people facing barriers to employment
  • The Social Switch Project: funded by, the project teaches young people skills in social media management to harness their skills for good.
  • The Barclays Connect with Work programme: which helps people 16+ facing barriers to work find education and employment opportunities. It supports high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs, including clients and suppliers, to open up to new talent.
  • Inspiring Families and The Family Works Programmes: these are voluntary employment support programmes delivered by Catch22 on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. They support local people in the communities of Islington, Haringey, Enfield, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest who are part of families with complex barriers to gaining employment.

Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Catch22, said:

“Catch22 has a strong track record of delivering employability contracts and working with vulnerable communities to help them find work. This new venture allows us to take our local knowledge and experience in delivery and the expertise of Angus Knight, to help rescue the thousands of people who find themselves jobless in the current climate.”

“There is a great fit between the organisations; we share the same values and are absolutely committed to helping young people through this current crisis – and beyond.”

Angus Knight Group Chairman, Michael Hobday, said:

“Angus Knight Group is very excited to be joining with Catch22, a well respected and experienced provider of services across the UK in forming Jobs 22.  The UK is entering a difficult period where many talented people will be seeking a job. Jobs 22 will be there to assist and support them to quickly re-enter the work force.  We believe that no one organisation has all the answers to getting people back to work, that’s where Jobs22 will be different, it will bring together the strengths of both the for profit and not for profit sector to get Britain working again.”

The collaboration with Catch22 builds on Angus King Group’s recent acquisition of Learn Plus Us, a London based skills business.

Chris Wright added:

“Whatever services we’re delivering, we’re always looking at how we can do things better and differently. Public services are not being delivered as effectively as they could be – and that’s largely down to too much bureaucracy and not enough focus on the needs of those who use the services. There’s a huge need – and therefore a huge opportunity – to do thing differently in employability. We hope Jobs22 will be at the forefront of getting the people of the UK back to work.”


For more information or comment, please contact: / 07734824610

Jobs 22 is jointly owned by Catch22 and Angus Knight.

About Catch22

Catch22 is a social business, a not for profit business with a social mission. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. We operate in employability, justice, education and young people and families services.

About Angus Knight

Angus Knight Group (AKG) is an Australian owned group of companies providing Employment, Training, Technology, Health and Outreach services throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. Founded by Duncan Angus in 1991 with the motto Enhancing Lives, the AKG now has 11 separate companies focussed on providing services to disadvantaged Australians and British including indigenous and people with a disability.

Catch22 employability testimonies

Employer (Architect firm) working with Catch22’s employability team to recruit for an administrative role:

“We really cannot thank Catch22 enough for its support and we will certainly be using them again for any future hiring needs. Their values of supporting young people and their commitment to offering a personalised service are hard to come across and have helped [our company] in ways we hadn’t even considered!”

Martin was supported by Catch22 to secure an apprenticeship with South Liverpool Homes as part of the Barclays Connect with Work programme:

“Thank you for all the help and support you have given me finding work again. I felt very low about being out of work, but meeting [you] picked my mood up and it felt like only a matter of time before I would finally get a placement.

“You’re very motivated and made me feel motivated. I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic service. You helped me out more than you know.”