Hidden Talents young people

Councils are ambitious for young people, wanting to boost participation and employment.

Our Hidden Talents programme explores what works in supporting young people and makes recommendations for reforming public services to better help more young people in a difficult financial climate.

Growth is encouraging but without public service reform we estimate 1 in 3 young people will be unemployed or underemployed in 2018. Young people want 2 billion more hours of work a week, but every individual has different circumstances and ambitions and every local economy offers unique opportunities and challenges.

Our analysis suggests the need for a more coherent locally responsive service offer built around those needs of young people and employers, rather than bureaucracies and institutions, can make most of young peoples' talents and the opportunities across places. We want to see a rewired public service offer for 14 to 24-year-olds that could ensure 95 per cent participation and halve youth unemployment by 2020."

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Children and young people

Hidden Talents: helping every young person reach their full potential

LGA Chairman Cllr David Sparks launched 'Youth Transitions, helping every young person reach their full potential' at this year's NCAS Conference.

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Children and young people

Using destinations data to improve outcomes for young people – good practice project

LGA has commissioned Isos Partnership to undertake a research and development project looking at how local authorities are using information, and in particular destinations data, to improve provision and outcomes for local young people.

Hidden Talents: Councils supporting youth transitions

This report looks at council-led initiatives and services to support young people's transition into further learning and work.

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Children and young people

Hidden Talents: Totalling Hidden Talent: youth unemployment and underemployment in England and Wales

This paper looks at out-of-work young people who want a job in combination with young people who are ‘underemployed' in various ways.

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Children and young people

Hidden Talents: empowering employers to support young people into work

The challenges for public services in engaging employers in helping more young people into work and learning.

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Economy

Council views on youth skills commissioning

A survey to understand the extent to which national funding of youth skills and re-engagement activity helps councils fulfil their responsibilities to young people.

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Children and young people

Hidden Talents – Tracking young people, a ‘How to Guide' for councils

Improve the way young people's participation in education or training is tracked and recorded.

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Children and young people

National programmes for young people, a drop in ‘starts'

A report by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion shows the number of ‘starts' on nationally-funded employment and skills provision for disengaged 16 – 24 year olds remains 10 per cent below 2009/10 levels.

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Children and young people

Councils outshine Government on Youth Contract

Performance figures on the first year of Government's three-year Youth Contract scheme, which aims specifically to get hard-to-reach 16 and 17-year-olds back into work, training or education, managed to get 27 per cent of participants into a job or learning.

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Children and young people

Investigating views of unemployed young people

Unemployed young people are losing faith in the prospect of finding jobs and feel national schemes are not offering them the right skills to help them into work.

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Publications

Related resources

Workforce team careers guide for young people

What young people have told us

We have tested our ideas at a Youth Summit of over 50 young people, the majority from local authority youth councils and young mayors.

Watch this video to hear some of what they told us.

In the news

Media Watch – related articles in the press