LGA calls on government to increase youth opportunities amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

LGA calls on government to increase youth opportunities amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a report on ‘Re-thinking youth participation for the present and next generation: education to employment’, setting out the ‘immediate government action needed’ to tackle the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on young people. Announcing the report, the LGA called on the government to develop a ‘COBRA-style’ response to increase skills and job opportunities. The LGA believes this should include appointing a new Youth Minister to tackle youth unemployment, which has risen significantly since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Among other things, the LGA is calling on the government to:

• use its 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review to devolve careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, in order for ‘councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life’

• work in partnership with councils and combined authorities to plan, co-ordinate and deliver the Kickstart Scheme and grant apprenticeship flexibilities to increase the number of young people who can benefit from schemes.

The ‘Re-thinking youth participation for the present and next generation: education to employment’ report is available here.

Sources:

• COBRA-style action needed to save 'lost generation' of young people

• Re-thinking youth participation for the present and next generation

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