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 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: