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Monday 13 June 2022

The new NEETs?

Understanding the changing nature of youth worklessness

High levels of young people not in employment, education or training was a major social and economic concern in the 1990s. Decades of concerted policy action to reduce numbers across Britain has seen the scale of the problem shrink, but it has not gone away. Under the positive headlines, some forms of worklessness are on the rise. Understanding that complex picture is crucial if we’re to make further progress in the decade ahead.

What has driven falls the reduction in youth worklessness? Where are increases taking places under the radar? Which groups have been left behind? How different is the story for men and women, and different ethnicities? And what impact has the pandemic had?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an in-person and interactive webinar – as part of its Young People in an Insecure World project, supported by the Health Foundation – to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of the key highlights from new research on youth worklessness, we will hear from leading experts on the interactions between work, education, training and mental health for young people.

The event will be open for people to physically attend, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.