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Ethnicity, poverty and youth unemployment

Ceri Hughes
05 November 2015

With clear evidence that young people’s early experiences in the labour market can shape their working lives, the question is what can be done to support young people from different ethnic groups as they transition into work. Ceri Hughes writes that ensuring quality apprenticeship opportunities are accessible to young people from ethnic minorities is more important than simply increasing the number of apprenticeships available.

Youth unemployment is considered a global problem. In the UK, whilst the overall rate of youth unemployment was 17 per cent in 2014, the rate amongst young people from Black ethnic backgrounds was more than double that (at 36 per cent). The rate for White young people was slightly lower (16 per cent). This new paper asks whether key policy measures that are designed to support youth labour market transitions could be doing more to tackle ethnic disparities in the youth labour market.

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