Youth Employment UK Programmes for Schools

With the impact of the pandemic meaning employment prospects for young people are perhaps less promising than in recent years, support for skills development and career guidance is crucial. Here, Youth Employment UK share insights into a recently-launched new programme for pupils, and highlight additional campaigns and resources available to provide further encouragement for young people, particularly at KS4 and KS5. 

The Young Professional Programme is a new free skills and careers programme which has been launched for Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils by Youth Employment UK.

The Young Professional Programme supports young people to build their skills, confidence and knowledge as they prepare for the world of work. The programme is mapped to the Gatsby Benchmarks, and schools, colleges and other providers can access a Group Management service where they can monitor and download the progress of their students. This is a useful tool to evidence independent careers provision.

Key Modules Include:

  • You and your needs
  • Confidence and emotions
  • Goals and future plans
  • Education and training
  • Skills for life and work
  • Life and work experience
  • The world of work

Online courses

In addition to the Young Professional Programme, providers can also access a new one hour virtual work experience programme for students, introducing them to the world of work, pathways and skills they need for their future. Further information can be found here.

Alongside this, in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company, Youth Employment UK is leading a national campaign that aims to support and inspire young people at key transition points this summer.

Co-developed with young people, the #CreateYourFuture Campaign will run from April to September. More information about this campaign can be found here.

Creating your future


Youth Employment UK has also launched its annual Youth Voice Census, a national survey asking young people aged 14-24 to share their views and experiences about a range of issues. After the last 12 months it is critical that we give young people a voice to better understand the barriers and challenges they face as well as what works for them.

Invite the young people in your network to take part in the Youth Voice Census 2021 - for more information click here.

Census 2021


Youth Employment UK will be sharing further insights at our upcoming Youth Opportunities Event 2021. Comprised of a series of on-demand sessions, plus a live online workshop and implementation discussion, we'll be focusing on how to ensure effective partnership working for successful training and employment opportunities for young people. To hear more about how to access the on-demand sessions and partake in the workshop, register your interest here today.


Further insights and ideas around effective careers and skills guidance for pupils can be found in our IG Schools Pupil Wellbeing and Support Handbook.

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Pupil Wellbeing and Support Handbook