Social Mobility Committee inquiry: Preparing young people for the world of work

3 August 2015

The Social Mobility Committee of the House of Lords, chaired by Baroness Corston, is conducting an inquiry into the transition from school to work for 14-24 year olds. The Committee invites interested individuals and organisations to submit evidence to this inquiry.

The deadline for written evidence is 14 September 2015. The submissions received will guide the Committee’s deliberations in oral evidence sessions later in the year, and also inform the Committee’s final conclusions and recommendations.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are “to consider social mobility in the transition from school to work”.

Areas of interest

The economy is changing and employers demand more and more from their young recruits, meaning that young people without a degree are often put at the bottom of the pile. Much work has already been done on those who take the A level and university route, and on those who are classified as not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

There are, however, those who fall between these two groups: this group of young people are particularly vulnerable in the labour market. They often study less recognised qualifications (such as NVQs, HNCs, HNDs, BTECs, tech levels, applied general qualifications or diplomas) and not much is known about who they are.

The Committee wants to know who is in this group, why they are in this position and what can be improved to help them, and all young people, gain good quality employment.

The Committee is keen to take evidence from as diverse and as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. This includes, but is not limited to: young people aged 14-24; 1 Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation, Institute of Education, University of London; the ‘over-looked middle’ in 14+ education and training; academics; local authorities; consultancies; sector skills councils; civil society and non-governmental organisations; organisations working in the EU and other international bodies; apprenticeship schemes; careers guidance bodies; educators in schools and further education colleges; lifelong learning organisations; and organisations working with hard-to-reach groups.

The inquiry also includes a survey for 14-24 year olds.

For further information and submission details please visit the parliament.uk website.

The Northern Housing Consortium is keen to hear from members and their partners who are submitting evidence to this enquiry. Please contact Satty Rai.

The NHC is holding an event on this theme in September called Lost in transition: Bridging the gap from education to employment – role of the sector. Click the link to view the programme and book your tickets.