Campaigns and research


Our advocacy seeks to inform policy and encourage a national dialogue about how government, employers, educationalists and social sector organisations can work together to improve the life prospects of disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Youth Jobs Index

Progress in tackling youth unemployment has ground to a halt. Our second Youth Jobs Index has found that more young people are spending 12 months or more not learning or earning.

Visit our Youth Jobs Index page to find out more.

Share our #YouthJobsIndex on social media @ImpetusPEF.

Life After School

Life After School 2016 campaign logo (with Impetus-PEF logo)

Resits are in crisis. Young people who fail their English and maths GCSE first time around are supposed to get a second chance to succeed but they’re not getting it, irrespective of their background or where they study. Urgent action is needed to address this crisis.

The particularly poor outcomes experienced by 16-19 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds combined with recent policy changes affecting the provision they receive, has moved us to focus our attention on this group and their life after school. Find out more about Life after schoolSupport our #LifeAfterSchool campaign on social @ImpetusPEF.

Ready for work

Commissioned in 2014, Ready for Work aims to equip service providers, employers, funders and policymakers with the information they need to support and design interventions that improve the employability of young people. It provides practical answers to the questions: How can we help young people be ready for work? And what factors make the biggest difference to their work readiness. Read more…

School-to-work transitions

At Impetus-PEF, our investment and policy work focus on the need to solve the problem of more than a fifth of young people every year in the UK who fail to make the transition from school to work. This can lead young people to become NEET (not in education, employment or training), which also has a profound effect on their economic, mental and physical wellbeing. Read more…

Fair Education Alliance (FEA)

Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation is now part of the Fair Education Alliance (FEA). Launched in October 2014 – with a commitment to fight against educational inequality – the FEA is comprised of some of the UK’s leading organisations already leading the way in narrowing the achievement gap between young people from the poorest communities and their wealthier peers by 2022.

The FEA has set out five transformational changes which, if achieved in the next ten years, will substantially reduce educational inequality by ensuring more children get a fair chance in education, regardless of their background. These Impact Goals follow the educational journey of a child from primary school through to Further Education, employment, and Higher Education. They are:

  • Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school
  • Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school
  • Ensure young people develop key strengths, including resilience and wellbeing, to support high aspirations
  • Narrow the gap in the proportion of young people in education, employment or training one year after compulsory education
  • Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25 per cent most selective universities

As an organisation committed to transforming the lives of 11-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, we welcomed the findings of the FEA Report Card 2014, which found that while the progress gap between the poorest and richest young people is narrowing is some regions, the national landscape continues to show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds lag behind their affluent peers at each educational stage and are more likely to become ‘NEET’ at 16.

Through our work with charities and social enterprises that have a successful track record of helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain an education and hold onto a job, we look forward to working with the FEA to meet the important goals mentioned above by 2022.

Featured research

Life After School II report screenshot

The transition from school-to-work is a crucial moment in a young person’s life and often, the right intervention can make all the difference to keeping them on track.

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