The Youth Voice Census 2021 has been published.

The Youth Voice Census 2021 has been published. Here are some snap shots of key issues

3400 young people ages 14-24 took part in the Survey.  The full survey can be read on the Youth Employment Website, but we thought we would publish some key findings on how young people feel about their future careers, employers, and prospects as this is what matters to us.

It was very encouraging to see that through the pandemic, a high percentage of Apprentices felt they had made the right choice, received the correct advice, and many felt they had prospects in their future careers.

Young people feel they have limited choice and information about their career options when at school.


We have seen a positive change in young people hearing about apprenticeship opportunities in school; 85.8% had had apprenticeships discussed with them.

  • Traineeships and T Levels were never discussed with 65.6% and 72.7% of young people
  • 6.6% of young people are ‘Likely’ or ‘Very Likely’ to apply for a T Level
  • 28.6% of young people are ‘Likely’ or ‘Very Likely’ to apply for an apprenticeship
  • 19% of young people currently in an apprenticeship had support from their school or college when applying.

Gender, eligibility for free school meals and additional needs still impacts which choices young people hear about most frequently.


  • 4.4% thought value for money of their experience was ‘Good’
  • Remote learning, financial issues and debt accumulation are the biggest challenges for those in university
  • 30.4% of students felt that their university had been ‘Unhelpful’ or ‘Very Unhelpful’ in helping prepare you for their next step.


  • 9.9% of young people are confident they will be able to find quality work where they live
  • 25.9% think employers are supportive of hiring young people
  • 54.1% of those aged 19 plus were ‘Confident’ or ‘Very Confident’ that they would be able to progress into a good job. 16.8% were ‘Not Very Confident’ or ‘Not Confident at All’ that they would be able to. Confidence is impacted by gender, race and ethnicity and eligibility for free school meals.
  • Only 41.1% of apprentices rated the availability of apprenticeships near them to be ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’.


  • 65.6% of young people would rate their employer as Youth Friendly
  • 79.9% ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that they are building useful skills in their job
  • 25.7% rated their opportunities for promotion as ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor’.


  • 74.7% of apprentices found the accessibility and inclusiveness of the recruitment process ‘Good’ or Excellent’
  • 77.6% felt that they had made the right career choice in choosing an apprenticeship
  • 84.7% would rate their apprenticeship as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ overall
  • 54.7% would rate their salary as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ overall
  • 29.5% feel ‘Prepared’ or ‘Very Prepared’ for their end point assessment.



29 Sep 2021

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