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New Research from YE:UK

Posted By Heather Ette, 09 April 2018

Family Matters

Youth Employment UK have launched important research into the role of the family in social mobility and how family resources impact young people's progression.

The research confirms some of what YE UK assumed to be true; young people whose parents have networks tend to get better jobs. In addition, it shows that where parents provide too much support young people can become less independent and less ambitious.

As young people face the prospect of downward social mobility for the first time YE UK look at how the family and the resources available to them help and hinder young people's progression. This research brings a new depth to understanding just how the family matters, the risks involved with the situation staying the same and YE UK's recommendations for overcoming the issues.

The Role of the Family in Social Mobility: Impact of Family Resources on Young People's Progression identifies:

  • Young people whose families had economic and cultural capital were more likely to be dependant and less ambitious, whilst young people who received less family support were more independent.
  • That the current generation of young people is more likely to rely on parents for financial support than the parental generation.
  • That parental attitudes towards the value of work affects young people's ambitions. Young people whose parents showed them that work and money are connected had a clearer and more concrete ambition to become economically independent of their parents compared with those whose parents did not make this direct link.
  • Exactly how parental capital is transferred and transformed to young people. Parental economic capital is transformed into young people's cultural capital by the parents paying for education. Where parents have social capital (trust and good quality networks), this is transformed to economic capital among their children who have more money available than those whose parents do not have social capital.

What next?

This report fully explores the risks involved with the situation staying the same and the important recommendations that we as a community need to take on board.

YE UK will be supporting and encouraging their members to take on board the recommendations. If you want to find out how membership might benefit you get in touch.

Laura-Jane Rawlings - Founder & CEO of Youth Employment UK said "If we really want Britain and its young people to achieve their potential we must, as a community, step up.

We have always known that the role of the family really matters in a young person's ability to fulfil their potential. For two decades we have discussed social mobility and tried to reduce the inequalities experienced by young people. We know that the policy reforms are not working and this report and recommendations call on the need for the communities around our young people to take bolder and braver action if we are ever to see real change."

Download the report here 

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