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Closing the Employment Gap Toolkit and Scoping Review

Supported by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The Association has been working with the Young People’s Health Partnership to develop a toolkit on Closing the Employment Gap for Young People and support a scoping review of evidence. Young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing can significantly affect their ability to apply for, obtain and maintain work with certain groups of young people more affected by these issues.

The toolkit draws on a scoping review undertaken as part of the project which collated official statistics and relevant existing reviews. It also includes findings from focus groups and interviews with 44 young people, 12 employers, 13 mental health providers (some of whom were our members), feedback from a PHE regional Health and Work event and an apprenticeship scheme, and examples from practice submitted via an open call for evidence.