Youth Employment Convention 2015

24th November 2015

The Mermaid, London

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Read our Youth Matters Blog

Youth Matters: Forging Links for Collaboration

Youth employment figures are on the rise but there is a danger in complacency. NEETs and young people without qualifications are at risk of being left behind as the economy recovers. Young people are more likely than other groups to be employed on non-standard employment contracts without access to training and to be in insecure and part-time work. Their lack of skills holds them back and disadvantages their employment prospects over time. They aren’t as productive as they should be, now or over time. This is a potential “perfect storm” with severe economic and social ramifications. Addressing these issues now will lead to a significant, positive, impact for individual young people, their communities and for the long term prosperity of UK plc.

Informed by a youth focus group and building on from the two previous Youth Employment Conventions, the Youth Summit earlier this year and the legacy report from the 2014 Convention “Converting Conversations into Actions” this year’s programme - developed together with NIACE - looks at the route to work from a young person’s perspective addressing the education, employability and skills issues that young people tell us are their priorities.

Our youth focus group tells us

  • Young people want to see youth issues at the forefront of policy and politicians held to account for the promises they make. They want an open two-way dialogue with politicians and policy makers and to have a clear understanding of what politicians want from young people.
  • Young people want to understand what works and why and how this is monitored, reported and shared. They want to see practical collaborations encouraged, learning and research shared more widely and organisations jointly consulted with in a more coordinated way.
  • Young people want to see more emphasis put on early intervention and effective partnerships to support this across the wider youth sector. They want to see all issues that affect young people given a fair opportunity for discussion.
  • Young people want to understand how best to embed youth leadership

The event will kick off with a working breakfast giving ample opportunity for ice breaking. Plenaries and breakouts throughout the day will encourage debate, networking and audience participation. Young people are contributing to the content of the programme and their input throughout the event will be critical. They are being encouraged to participate on all panels and from the audience. We will create an energetic and exciting environment in which collaborative working can be discussed and celebrated, and new relationships forged. The Convention will take forward key recommendations from the day in the form of a soft lobbying campaign.

The programme will revolve around five themes

  • Transitioning to work – How do young people move into employment most successfully? Who and where are the exemplars?
  • Supporting the disadvantaged – How do we ensure coordinated support for young people with multiple and complex needs?
  • The skills we need – What soft and technical skills do young people need to succeed in the world of work and how are they delivered most effectively?
  • Employer engagement – From classroom, through work experience to Apprenticeship employer involvement is critical. How, when and where does it have most impact and how can these interventions be scaled up?
  • Joining up strategy around the individual – Where is the best practice from inside and outside government in local and national settings? How do we share this?

This event will give a voice to everyone who cares about the future prospects of the UK’s prime asset – its young people.

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Confirmed Speakers

HRH The Princess Royal
Patron, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Ben Chu
Economics Editor, The Independent
  • Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director, Development and Research, NIACE
  • Francis Augusto, Youth Ambassador, Talent Match
  • Chris Bolton , Director of Stakeholder Relations, Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges
  • Lynsey Boother, Advisor, Give us a Chance Consortium
  • Simon Brooke, Head of Employment & Skills, Ealing Pathways
  • Tom Bulman, Employability Consultant, WorkTree
  • Stephen Carrick-Davies, Director, Facework
  • Anton Chernikov, Founder, The Exponentials
  • Catriona Curry, National Programme Manager, Talent for Care NHS
  • Carrie Deacon, Nesta Innovation Lab
  • Anna Dent , Skills and Employment Project Manager, London Borough of Hounslow
  • Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive, National Numeracy
  • Marcus Jamieson-Pond, Groups Partnerships Manager, Walpole Media Group
  • Rowan Foster, Assistant Director, UKCES
  • Katherine Garrett, Senior Manager Community Investment, CIPD
  • Hugo Garvey, Youth Ambassador, YEUK
  • Ruth Gilbert, Chief Executive, Career Colleges Trust
  • David Grailey, Chief Executive, NCFE
  • Kerrie Gemmill, Director of National Operations, Gingerbread
  • Alexandra Greaves, Supply Chain Manager, G4S Welfare to Work
  • Octavia Holland, Director of Policy, Advice and Communications, Gingerbread
  • Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Career and Enterprise Company
  • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Lead Consultant, London Ambitions & Chair, DfE/CfBT Core Maths Support Programme
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE
  • Martha Jennings, Starting Out Manager, Sky Academy
  • Maggie Kalnins, Chief Executive, Inclusion Trust
  • Gerard Liston, Enterprise & Employability Education Consultant, Objective
  • Fabiana di Lorenzo, Strategy Officer, Southwark Council
  • Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research, Education and Employers Taskforce
  • Geoff Mount, Head of Operations (Employment, Training & Skills), Barnardos
  • Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus/PEF
  • Vanita Nicholls , Apprenticeship Manager, Ealing Pathways
  • Toni Pearce, Head of Employability and Skills, NIACE
  • Jamie Prangnell, Managing Director, Appadoodle
  • Kevin Rodger, Skills for the Future Policy Manager, Suffolk County Council
  • Iain Salisbury, Chief Operating Officer, Learndirect
  • Stewart Segal, Chief Executive, AELP
  • Samantha Sparrow, Task Squad Director, V-Inspired
  • Cathy Walsh OBE, FE Representative on London Enterprise Panel (LEP) & Former CEO of Barking & Dagenham College
  • Iain Walsh, Director, Labour Market Strategy and International Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Paul Warner, Director, AELP
  • Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Inclusion
  • Will Gore, Deputy Managing Editor, London Evening Standard, The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday
  • Abi Levitt, Director of Development Services, Tomorrow's People
  • Eddie Stride, Chief Executive, City Gateway
  • Rachel Smith, Senior Labour Market Policy Economist, CBI
  • Emily Stephens, Media and Communications Manager, Resurgo Spear Employment Initiative
  • Jack Welch, Youth Ambassador, YEUK
  • Nick Wolff , Principal Strategy Officer, Southwark Council

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Health Education England
  • Inclusion / NIACE
  • National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE)
  • OCR
  • Talent Match London / London Youth
  • Tomorrow's People
  • Worktree

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