Youth at Risk of Limited Employment

Closed 15 Aug 2021

Opened 1 Jul 2021


Youth at risk of limited employment include those aged 16 to 24 years-old who are at risk of cycling in and out of low-level tertiary education and/or low-paid part-time or casual work.

Research shows that young people who get stuck in this cycle at the start of their working lives are much more likely to continue this pattern into later adulthood.

Youth at risk of limited employment often lack access and opportunity through barriers they have no control over, not through lack of ability or potential to succeed.

The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Women are working on a joint Long-Term Insights Briefing (“the Briefing”) on youth at risk of long-term limited employment outcomes.

We propose that our joint Briefing is focused on strategic options for addressing youth (16-24 years) at risk of limited employment outcomes – but we’d like to know if we’re focusing on the right thing.

We’re seeking your feedback. Whether you are a young person, a parent, employer, training provider, youth coach or youth service provider, we want to hear from you.

The survey consists of 11 questions and should take around 10 - 15 minutes to complete. You can read more and have your say by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. The consultation will remain open until 15 August, 2021.

Before you take part in the consultation, we recomend that you read some of our consultation material, which you can download here:  

The consultation document provides important context on the briefing and explains our proposed subject matter, scope and focus areas. It is available in both long-form and summarised versions.

The evidence brief contains additional information for those who want a detailed understanding of the existing research and evidence on youth at risk of limited employment. 

Why your views matter

Government agencies are now required under the Public Service Act 2020 to produce Long-term Insights Briefings. The Briefings make available to the public:

  • information about medium and long-term trends, risks and opportunities that affect or may affect New Zealand and New Zealand society
  • information and impartial analysis, including policy options for responding to these matters.

The Briefing needs to appropriately consider Māori and Treaty interests. The same considerations in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi that normally apply to the work of government departments also apply to the Briefings.


What we will do with this information

Your submission will be anonymised, summarised and published. The information and feedback we receive as part of this consultation will inform the proposed topic of the Briefing, and what issues we prioritise during its development.

We plan to publicly consult on our draft report in early 2022, before it is finalised and provided to the House of Representative in mid-2022.

The final report will make broad, high-level policy recommendations to government, looking across the next ten years.

For more information on the long-term insights briefings process, visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Long-term Insights Briefings – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet