Youth Unemployment Committee to hear evidence from business associations and SMEs
The Youth Unemployment Committee hears the views of small business leaders and representative bodies on their experiences of employing young people both before and during the pandemic, and any future plans they have for recruiting young people. These sessions are the sixth and seventh public sessions of the Committee’s new inquiry examining youth unemployment, education and skills.
Themes for discussion
- The role of apprenticeships in plugging skills gaps prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- How workable the Kickstart Scheme is as long-term option, and how might it be adapted to provide sustainable opportunities for young people.
- Obstacles faced by SMEs when hiring apprentices and how apprenticeships could be made more appealing as a recruitment option.
- How it could be made easier for small businesses to source and recruit young people with the right skills.
- Challenges faced by small businesses who employ young people and young people who are self-employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
- How young people can develop the skills to become successfully self-employed.
- The merits of devolving policy and financial powers to local areas to support the creation of strong and differentiated local economies.