“Before joining Street League, I wasnt doing anything positive. The programme has helped me gain my qualifications and progess. Thank you to Street League for all your help."

Hafsah, Sheffield - Street League graduate.

Since 2009, the media and government have hailed great successes in the reduction in the rate of young people out of work from the peak of 20% post-recession, now down to 13.4% (or 1 in 7). However, when you dig a bit deeper into the numbers it is clear that there is a huge regional disparity and that opportunity depends on where you live.

Our Street League academies are based in some of the most deprived areas of the country to ensure we’re helping those young people who need us the most.

We operate in the areas where young people need our help the most

The need for Street League & youth unemployment

De-mystifying Youth Unemployment

One of our roles is to raise awareness of the issue of youth unemployment and bust the myths surrounding what is a complex socio-economic issue. As illustrated below, the biggest barriers to employment can often be similar to the side effects of unemployment. Hence, when out of work for 12 months or more it can form a vicious cycle which is hard to escape without support.

Socio-econoic barriers to employment

Barrier Analysis

Street League captures a lot of data relating to each young person’s background and starting point when they join our programmes. These help us understand how we can best support them, their aspirations and whether we are working with those who most need our help. Both our internal analysis and the Brunel evaluation highlighted the importance of a young person’s starting point – the barriers they face and the enabling factors that will help them achieve their potential.

We recognised in reviewing our data this year that some of the barriers recorded are subjective while others are clearer to define and measure. Some of the factors we record are also more likely to be a barrier to employment than others. We will be working with our participants and staff to better categorise barriers, standardise initial assessments across all regions and train staff to better understand all barriers.



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