Partnership with Youth Employment UK

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Supporting young people into employment

We’re pleased to be partnering with Youth Employment UK, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young people into quality employment.

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“It is more important than ever that young people receive the support they need to gain employment.”

Our partnership with Youth Employment UK

We recently signed up to the Youth Employment UK Good Youth Employment Charter, demonstrating our commitment to adhere to the principles of:

  • Creating opportunity.
  • Recognising talent.
  • Fair employment.
  • Developing people.
  • Youth voice.

Young people have been hardest hit by the pandemic. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year-olds was 14.3% in December 2020-February 2021, up from 11.8% for the same period the year before (source: House of Commons Library).

The Prince’s Trust, the Learning and Work Institute and HSBC released a report this year titled ‘Facing the Future: Employment prospects for young people after Coronavirus’, which found that young people will continue to bear the worst of the unemployment crisis and will reduce UK economic output by around £15 billion before 2025.

It is therefore more important than ever that young people receive the support they need to gain employment.

At Ixion, our programmes support young people into work. We help them to break down – often complex – barriers to enable them to gain new skills, knowledge and qualifications that set them up for their future career, improve their employment prospects and give them the confidence to believe in themselves to strive to do more.

Laura-Jane Rawlings, Founder and CEO of Youth Employment UK, says:

“We are passionate about ensuring that young people know the full range of options open to them. Our website showcases information on all pathways and highlights quality opportunities from Youth Friendly Employers. Traineeships are a vital pathway for young people and we look forward to supporting more young people to access them with Ixion.”

Youth Employment UK co-founded the Youth Employment Group last year and Shaw Trust has previously supported research papers and publications. Debbie Waring, Head of Traineeships at Ixion, says:

“We are really pleased to continue our partnership with Youth Employment UK. Traineeships are a fantastic stepping stone for young people to get on the career ladder and gain that vital experience that can set them up on their career.

“Getting our opportunities out to all young people, to ensure every young person has the same opportunities, is key for us as well as supporting them on their journey through building confidence to enable them to progress.”

About Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment.

As experts on youth employment and unemployment, they understand the complex landscape facing young people, employers and policy makers.

They actively tackle youth unemployment by:

  • Giving young people a voice on the youth employment issues that affect them.
  • Supporting young people with the skills and careers support they need to progress.
  • Supporting employers to develop and be recognised for their youth friendly employment practice.
  • Connecting young people to youth friendly employers.
  • Providing expert insight across all youth employment policy areas.
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