Youth Employment Convention 2016

5th December 2016

Etc. St. Paul's, London

Youth Potential: Maximising the life chances of Britain’s greatest asset

Economic and political instability damages prospects and opportunities and young people are being particularly badly affected.

1.3 million young people spend six months or more not in education, employment or training (NEET) and this impacts upon their confidence. Millennials risk becoming the first ever generation to have lower lifetime earnings than their predecessors. Youth unemployment might be falling, but too many remain locked out of opportunity, a Generation Rent struggling to get on the housing ladder. Even for those in work, wages are not always enough to pay the bills and rapid changes in technology and the jobs market increase the importance of learning and skills.

And we know that some groups do better than others. Care leavers are more likely to go to prison than university. Young adult carers are twice as likely to be NEET. And opportunities vary across the country.

These are big challenges exacerbated by even greater uncertainty following the UK's vote to leave the European Union. So, how do we ensure that:

  • the commitment to 3 million Apprenticeships across England by 2020 provides high quality jobs with training?
  • the Youth Obligation gives young people the right support to take their first steps into the jobs market?
  • young people get the chance to build a fulfilling career, taking the next steps on the jobs ladder?
  • all young people get these opportunities, regardless of background and that we boost social mobility?

Young people are Britain’s greatest asset – empowering young people to achieve their potential is crucial in driving inclusive economic growth, productivity and the UK’s prosperity.

The 2016 Convention places young people at the heart of the youth employment debate. We will be hearing from young people themselves, showcasing the most innovative support from across the country and exploring the evidence of what’s really working to enable all young people to gain the skills and experience they need for work and throughout their lives.

The Convention will focus on a number of key themes throughout the day, supplemented by best practice masterclasses. Themes include:

  • Life and Society
  • Pathways to employment
  • Work and Careers
  • Improving the system
  • Promoting Learning and Skills
The Convention is for everyone who cares about youth matters - employers; skills and employability providers; strategists, policy makers and researchers; youth workers, teachers, trainers and lecturers; as well as young people themselves.    
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

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP
Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills
Jules Pipe
Deputy Mayor of London
  • Professor Louise Archer, Professor Louise Archer, King's College London
  • Lynsey Boother, Chair, FairTrain
  • Richard Caulfield, Regional Director, Association of Colleges
  • Natalie Cramp, COO, Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive, Young Women's Trust
  • Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Janette Faherty OBE, Entrepreneur
  • Joe Fitzsimons, Student membership, Institute of Directors
  • Kerrie Gemmill, Director of National Operations, Gingerbread
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Jack Parsons, CEO, Yourfeed
  • Matt Poole, Head of Talent Match, Big Lottery Fund
  • Laura-Jane Rawlings, Chief Executive, Youth Employment UK
  • Jacquie Roberts, Chief Operations Manager, The Shoreditch Trust
  • Kate Shoesmith, Head of Public and Policy Affairs, Recruitment and Employers Confederation (REC)
  • Steve Stewart OBE, Executive Director, Careers England
  • Collette Taylor, Talent Match Programme Manager, Merseyside Youth Association
  • Mike Thompson, Head of Barclays Apprenticeship Programme, Barclays
  • Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Learning and Work Institute
  • Proudtobeme
  • Talent Match

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