Employment and training schemes for homeless young people

Geoffrey Randall and Susan Brown

Homeless young people are one of the most disadvantaged groups in the labour market.

The problems they face include low skills, lack of job readiness and inadequate access to information on suitable employment. These are made worse by their lack of secure accommodation. However, a range of specialist employment training projects is being developed for this group.

This study examines a variety of such schemes in London, suggesting how services could be improved in the future. It looks particularly at barriers to employment and training; the impact of housing on employment prospects; targeted employment training schemes and advice and support services.