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Programmes need to tackle emotional effects of youth unemployment

Youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems facing us in the UK. ONS figures indicate that whilst unemployment is falling, it’s not falling at the same rate for young people. There are also indications, described by think tank IPPR in a blog post here, that some young people are beginning to drop out completely

NYA backing soft skills framework

The National Youth Agency is backing McDonald’s report on soft skills. The report, published today, calls for a framework to embed soft skills into education and learning, so vital are they for employment and the UK economy as a whole.

Can I really afford the lifestyle I want? 

Young people are getting a financial wake up call which will sew the seeds for independent living, thanks to the support of Barclays and the National Youth Agency’s programme of employability and life skills training.

NYA board appoint interim CEO

Following the retirement of Fiona Blacke in March 2015, the NYA board has been considering how the leadership of the NYA should best be taken forward.

Young people need a vision

A new report by the IPPR think tank and the Local Government Association has poured cold water on the effectiveness of apprenticeships at introducing young people to work.

Blog: volunteer Cheryl Mifflin on celebrating #volunteersweek

This week marks Volunteers’ Week and it is a time when we hear about some of the fabulous volunteers that support charities and non-profit organisations up and down the country.

Blog: Minister needs to champion youth work – and young people

So Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, has been reappointed as Minister for Civil Society with responsibility for youth.  It never seemed likely that we’d get a Minister for Young People. 

Rob Wilson re-appointed as Youth Minister

Conservative MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, has been confirmed as the Minister for Civil Society, with responsibility for youth policy.

NYA signs up to iRights

The National Youth Agency has signed up to iRights. Currently the debate about young people’s use of the internet is dominated by safety concerns. This is limiting and unhelpful as digital technology is ever increasing, and young people need to feel empowered to engage and build their knowledge and skills.

Mental health: We need to build resilience

It is mental health awareness week.  With recent announcements of funding to support schools and improve NHS waiting times it might appear that policymakers are at last recognising both the prevalence and the importance of tackling poor mental health.

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