National Assembly for Wales’s Enterprise and Business
Committee undertook an inquiry
into Assisting Young People into Work.
- What support is most effective and what
are the main barriers that face young people trying to enter the labour
- To what extent is the Welsh Government’s
strategy for young people who are not in education, employment or training
effective and value for money?
- What progress has been made to date on
the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework Implementation Plan?
- How effective is the strategic role of
local authorities and other key stakeholders including the Careers
Service, the Youth Service, and the education regional consortia?
- The extent of discrimination and its
impact on the recruitment of young people;
- How effective are the range of schemes,
initiatives and projects aimed at supporting young people into work, for
example: Jobs Growth Wales; apprenticeships; traineeships; other projects
supported by European funding; and third-sector-run projects? Do they
provide good value for money?
Issues that the Committee
considered as part of these terms of reference included:
- The impact of the Welsh Government’s
prioritisation of support for young people age 16-18; and the impact of
this prioritisation on those aged 19-24;
- Transport (especially in rural areas):
what are the problems and what assistance can be provided?
- The need for softer skills: e.g., effective
interview and job application skills; ready-for-work skills;
- What can be done to assist the groups of
young people who are more affected by barriers to re-entering the labour
market, for example those with disability?
- The impact and value-for-money of
- Regional variations and local
- The social problems that prevent young
people from finding work, and how to change the culture and attitudes that
entrench unemployment for many.
Evidence from the Public
Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic.