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Youth Opportunities? The long-term impacts of youth training and YT schemes (1960s – 2020)

What’s on offer?

This online event will be hosted by researchers from the department of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester, and will include - An overview of the original research, including complementary studies from the University of Leicester. We will consider the value of 'looking back' to YTS in order to look ahead, YTS experiences, thoughts and testimonies from those who did a YTS, and panel responses to visual culture and paraphernalia gathered/used in the original research including photographs, music and TV

What’s it about?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £2bn Kickstart jobs scheme in July 2020 as a response to the looming youth unemployment crisis emerging from the COVID-19 global pandemic and as a corrective to undergird the UK industrial strategy. This scheme, alongside the earlier Future Jobs Fund, have origins in much older labour market interventions – The Youth Training Scheme (YTS). While positioned as relatively short-time labour market interventions the long-term impacts of participating in such schemes is not fully understood. Drawing from our previous research which focuses on understanding the long-term impact of Youth Training Schemes between 1980 and 2015, this event will ask what policy/ practice lessons can be learned from the earlier variants; and what were the long-term impacts of participating in YTS?

Who’s leading the event?

Prof. John Goodwin, Professor of Sociology and Sociological Practice at University of Leicester, & Laurie Parsons, PhD Researcher at University of Leicester

Open to

Open to all

Of particular interest to

Of particular interest to employment agencies, career advisory groups, or young people looking for employment

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