It is hard to overstate the effect of the pandemic on younger generations. Data from ONS shows between February 2020 and February this year, net employment fell by 693,000 jobs. Of those, 611,000 - nearly 9 in every 10 jobs lost - were among employees aged 18-35 years old. Young people face some of the most difficult circumstances at the beginning of their careers.
As Onward set out in The Policies of Belonging, civic service schemes can generate meaningful employment through community and civic action, helping young people to both contribute to society and generate valuable skills and experience. The National Citizen Service (NCS) will be piloting a new scheme this summer which will put civic service for young people into practice in the UK.
This panel event will consider how best the Government, private sector, charities and the NCS can work together to help support young people through civic service. It will explore how the model works and how the pilot can be scaled and developed in future to support the empowerment and employment of young people. How can civic service give young people a future after coronavirus?