Young people have been particularly hard hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and providing them with the employment and training opportunities they need has never been more vital.

Employers recognise the value that young people bring to their organisations, yet those who want to support them often face a confusing landscape of government initiatives, bodies and programmes which can act as a barrier to engagement.

This guide, authored by Strategic Development Network (SDN) for the CIPD, outlines the major youth employment programmes available to help support organisations making decisions about the employment, work experience and training initiatives that they can offer. 

It describes the skills challenges employers are facing and gives a detailed overview of the four main programmes available for young people to help fill these gaps, including T Levels, traineeships, apprenticeships and the Kickstart Scheme. The schemes described centre on those in England but similar schemes in the devolved nations are also highlighted.

The guide aims to help organisations better understand which schemes could work for them and provides signposts to further information and next steps.

The guide is also accompanied by two further, separate resources:

  • a checklist showing practical steps you can take to benefit from these programmes; and
  • frequently asked questions addressing common queries employers might have about the four main programmes.

Download and explore the guide, FAQs and checklist to find out more.

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