More mental health support needed to help young people into work

More mental health support needed to help young people into work

Posted by Rob Tickle |  19th April 2017

A rise in anxiety and depression in young people means more support is needed for those looking to make the move from education to employment say learners from Rathbone Training.

Over 140 young people aged between 14 and 24 years-old from the charity, which provides employability skills and training for young people across the UK, offered their thoughts to an inquiry from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment into pathways from education to employment.

“Mental health, anxiety and confidence are significant issues for the young people Rathbone Training work with. Young people face significant challenges as they transition from education to employment and childhood to adulthood during these years they can be emotionally vulnerable; they have to negotiate or re-negotiate their relationships with friends, parents, teachers, partners, employers and co-workers; they may experience problems with identity and popularity; face pressures around fitting in and concerns about qualifications and employment,” said Gina Steel, Performance Director for Rathbone Training.

“This is further exacerbated by factors such as an unstable economy, social media and the 24/7 culture. Developing critical thinking skills, resilience and good mental health are essential for young people navigating these challenges.”

Rathbone Training’s research for the inquiry was led by Shelly Smith, Head of Business Insight for Rathbone Training, in collaboration with Mike Leyland, who led on the learner voice feedback.

Other key themes highlighted in the inquiry included:

• There is a lack of a clear careers advice meaning young people are not informed about all career routes. Young people also need better support to understand their local labour market needs and the job market in general.
• Difficulty in accessing work experience placements mean young people are struggling to get employment experience. Employers are also struggling to engage schools and young people directly.
• There is a lack of guidance on soft skills, employability skills, and networking opportunities within some sections of the community creating a mismatch between employers and young people.

A copy of the full report from the APPG was presented to Damian Hinds, Minister for Employment at the group’s meeting in March.

You can read the full report here.