Youth Employment


See also Kickstart Community Forum

Impetus: Youth Jobs Gap - NEET Dashboards

Guardian: Black youth unemployment: closing the gaps in job opportunities

Blog: The Youth Employment Group reflect on a terrible year for young people

Coming up

Our next forum event is on 27 May, 2-4pm register here

Watch again

Good Work and Opportunities for All 
On 22 April, ERSA supported by the Youth Futures Foundation delivered a series of virtual sessions for delivery organisations. Catch up here. 

We are Rising to the Youth Employment Challenge #YE220221

On Monday 22 February, ERSA supported by Youth Futures Foundation delivered a one day virtual conference bringing together commissioners, youth policy experts and grassroot delivery organisations. Along with the voices of young people a summary and resources from the day can be found here. 

The ERSA Employability Awards 2020, more details here

2020’s winner: The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust works in partnership with NHS Scotland to expand opportunities for sustainable youth employment within the health service, supporting the recruitment and retention of entry level clinical, social care, and non-clinical roles. Since October 2018, The Trust have helped unlock young talent, many of whom never felt confident enough or believed they had the necessary skills or qualifications to apply for a job with the NHS, to provide accessible employability pathways into the health service that will ultimately support the sustainability of the NHS workforce.

Also highly commended in this category

  • London Zoo - Zoological Society of London, nominated by Unity Works

2019’s winner: East London Business Alliance (ELBA) – The Parity Project

The Parity Project connects Young Black Men to sustainable employment in corporate sectors.  During its pilot phase (Oct 17 - Oct 18), the project engaged 100 young men and supported over half (52) participants into sustainable professional careers, as well as a further 14 into internships and work placements.  Parity facilitated employability interventions and job brokerage with leading firms in Canary Wharf and the City, enabled impactful relationships via the Parity Mentoring programme and networking events.

Youth Employment Group
ERSA is a member of this group, more details can be found at including ways you can contribute.

Kickstart roundtable with the DWP and next steps

Expression of Interest for Potential Intermediaries
More info here

Kickstart collaborations at a local level

ERSA has been asked to build local Kickstart partnerships by collating interest at a local level and facilitating introductions. In order to do this we need you to send us the details of which Jobcentres you would cover, and whether you want to be an Intermediary, a Kickstart employer and/or provide employment support to Kickstart participants.

More information on how to get involved is here


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