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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Youth Unemployment

Youth Unemployment Committee
Youth Unemployment

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Start times: 10.15am (private) 10.15am (public)

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Youth Unemployment Committee hears from Tesco, Compass Group, Channel 4 and BAE Systems

The Youth Unemployment Committee is hearing the views of major businesses in creative, hospitality, food and defence sectors on apprenticeships, skills and the education system. The session is the third of the Committee’s new inquiry examining youth unemployment, education and skills.

  • This evidence session is due to be held remotely and streamed on Parliament TV.
  • The committee’s work can be followed on its website and via Twitter.

Meeting details

At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Youth Unemployment
Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers at Compass Group
People Director for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland at Tesco
At 11.15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Youth Unemployment
Education & Skills Director at BAE Systems
Head of Partnerships, Nations and Regions at Channel 4
At 12.15pm: Private discussion
Inquiry Youth Unemployment

Themes for discussion

  • The role of apprenticeships in plugging skills gaps prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How valuable and effective the Kickstart Scheme is.
  • The skills shortages likely to arise in the next five to ten years.
  • Whether young people applying for work have the right skillset for the workplace, and the skills to adapt to future challenges.
  • The benefits of an academic education versus technical or vocational training.
  • Incentives businesses need to be able to sustain their provision of apprenticeships and/or traineeships, and Kickstart placements.
  • How businesses can support young school leavers who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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