Since the YEPF was introduced, fewer young people in Wales have dropped out of education, employment and training. This means more young people have stayed in school, college, or on training programmes designed to help them progress into a job or apprenticeship, and more young people have progressed into work. Organisations are working better together to deliver services for young people, and there’s also a much better understanding of what support is available in each local area. This information is also more easily available for young people and for those who are supporting them.
A lot has changed since 2013. New services like Working Wales have been introduced to provide advice for young people on getting into work and progressing in their careers. Some of the difficulties faced by young people have changed too, and we know that some have been made worse because of the Covid-19 pandemic, like mental health and wellbeing. There are new approaches in place to support young people experiencing factors like mental health issues and being at risk of homelessness, using youth work in delivery of these services. The Covid-19 pandemic has also had a big effect on young people’s experience of education and training and the employment opportunities available to them.
This is why the Welsh Government are reviewing the YEPF, and why we want to hear what you think!