The journey to employment: a guide to understanding and measuring what matters for young people

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John Copps and Dawn Plimmer

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Tackling youth unemployment is a priority. Nearly 1.4 million young people are not in employment, full-time education or training—almost 1 in 5 of all young people in the UK. Transitions to adulthood have become increasingly difficult as a result of the economic outlook and the breakdown of traditional pathways into work.
This report helps organisations that work with young people understand and measure the impact they have on the journey to employment. Based on evidence from the literature and insights from consultation with experts, we have identified seven groups of factors that contribute to successful job outcomes: personal circumstances; emotional capabilities; attitudes to work; employability skills; qualifications, education and training; experience and involvement; and career management skills.
The JET framework presents these key factors that influence young peoples’ journey to employment. The framework can be used by charities to help think through how their work contributes to young people’s employability, and plan approaches to evaluation.


Young People, Labour Market and Unemployment



Questions from Understanding Society mainstage and Understanding Society Innovation Panel identified as resource for charities to use to work with young people and their employability.