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Ethnicity, poverty and youth employment: Improving outcomes for young people

There is no national strategy addressing the clear disparities in labour market outcomes that young people from ethnic minorities experience. Yet these experiences shape working lives and should not be ignored.

This paper focuses on a selection of mainstream initiatives that have played an important role in supporting young people’s transitions into work (Sissons and Jones, 2012; Crowley et al., 2013). It sets out a series of recommendations for improving support, offering a more effective route out of poverty and preventing later labour market disadvantage.

Local authorities, schools, private and third sector providers, employers and various government departments are all involved in supporting young people as they enter work. This paper makes the case for strategies tailored to local priorities and needs, backed up by clearer accountability, further resources, and monitoring at national level.