Skills to Pay the Bills – Education and Employment Foundation Paper
A young person experiencing homelessness is more likely to have better outcomes when they have access to, and engagement with, education and employment opportunities. This paper uses survey and national data to demonstrate that young people experiencing homelessness have poorer education and employment outcomes and that more needs to be done to improve outcomes for young people experiencing homelessness.
This paper uses survey data of 717 young peoples’ experience gathered by Yfoundations during February and March 2017. It examines the education and employment opportunities and outcomes, of young people experiencing homelessness who are engaged with Special Homelessness Services (SHS). What is not possible within the scope of this paper is to identify outcomes for those who are unable to access services, and more needs to be done in this space. Yfoundations strongly recommends a double investment in a suite of prevention/early intervention and crisis responses now, and the urgent need for local strategy and a national plan, to reduce costs of homelessness into the future.