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International lessons? Youth unemployment in the global context

International lessons? Youth unemployment in the global context

Monday, 28 January 2013
09:00 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


• Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment, Scottish Government
• Stefano Scarpetta, Deputy director of the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, OECD
• Mubin Haq, Director of Policy and Grants, Trust for London (Chair)
• Joanneke Balfoort, Head of the Economic Department, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
• Lizzie Crowley, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation

The event:

The UK has a major youth unemployment problem. Almost a million young people are unemployed, representing a personal tragedy for the individuals and a significant cost to the national economy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In many other developed nations youth unemployment has remained low despite the global economic downturn.  For example, in the Netherlands the proportion of young people out of work has remained low and stable throughout the economic crisis.

Even within the United Kingdom, the response has varied – while policy in England and Wales has been criticised as fragmented, Scotland has introduced a minister for Youth Employment. This event, held to mark the launch of International Lessons, a major new report by The Work Foundation, will consider the lessons which can be drawn from other countries about the best way to help young people make the transition from school to work.

It offered a unique chance to hear from Angela Constance, the Scottish Minister for Youth Employment, about the measures the Scottish Government has introduced to address youth unemployment.   

This event formed part of our Missing Million programme. The Missing Million is a two-year, solutions-focused project with the aim of increasing the employment prospects of young people in the UK. The programme is supported by the Barclays, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, the Private Equity Foundation, and Trust for London.

 There is no fee to attend this event

  For more information please email Lizzie Crowley (

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