Youth select committee to stage work experience inquiry

By Neil Puffett

| 05 March 2018

The British Youth Council's youth select committee will explore the barriers preventing young people from accessing work experience in its next inquiry, it has been announced.

Last year the youth select committee examined body image and the impact it has on the wellbeing of children and young people. Picture: British Youth Council

A new committee of 11 young people, which is yet to be appointed, will embark on the inquiry later this year, after access to work experience was voted in the top three issues by young people in the annual Make Your Mark ballot.

The committee will set out the key areas for exploration prior to seeking written and oral evidence from the public. 

Anna Rose Barker, chair of the British Youth Council said: "It comes as no surprise to us that young people have declared employment a top concern of theirs.

"With the uncertainty created by Brexit, a failure to install a real living wage for young people and ongoing concerns about work experience, it is clear that young people need meaningful commitments from decision makers to tackle all of these issues.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what this year's youth select committee finds during its inquiry, and how the government responds to the recommendations."

Last year the youth select committee examined body image and the impact it has on the wellbeing of children and young people. The committee concluded that body dissatisfaction was causing long-lasting consequences for young people. The government is due to respond to the committee remark and recommendations soon.

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