The House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility has published a report entitled ‘Overlooked and left behind: improving the transition from school to work for the majority of young people’
Commenting on the publication of the report, Sophie Livingstone, Co-Chair of Generation Change and Chief Executive of City Year UK, said:
“We welcome the Committee’s recognition of the importance of the transition from education to the workplace
“The Committee is right to emphasise the essential role work experience plays but it is also important to look at new ways to support this transition by giving young people the space to mature and explore their career options.
“A full time year of service model, like the one operated by City Year UK, Volunteering Matters and vInspired, is proven to improve the employability of young people. Through their service young people gain invaluable frontline experience and develop transferable skills such as character, resilience, confidence and teamwork.
“We should follow the lead of countries such as the US, Germany and France who have already acknowledged the transformational impact a year of service can have through creating a legal status and framework for those undertaking this challenge.”