IPR Honorary Professor Sue Maguire has joined the Youth Employment Group (YEG), a new initiative formed by Impetus, Youth Futures Foundation, Youth Employment UK, the Institute for Employment Studies and The Prince’s Trust.

Bringing together key leaders and experts from around the youth employment sector, the YEG seeks to help drive the UK’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on young people’s prospects in the labour market and in education.

Focusing on the immediate and longer-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the employment prospects of young people, the work of the YEG will particularly focus on: reducing job-losses in the immediate term; providing employability support during lockdown; ensuring a quality welfare-to-work system and encouraging a healthy youth labour market post-lockdown; supporting viable and quality self-employment for young people; and ensuring effective and accurate use of data.

On her appointment to the YEG, Professor Maguire adds:

I am delighted to join the YEG, and look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues, and governments and policymakers, to ensure that young people – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – are best supported during COVID-19 and its aftermath.