Youth Employment Convention 2015

6 October 2014

24 November 2015
The Mermaid | Puddle Dock | Blackfriars | London EC4V 3DB
‘Youth Matters: Forging Links for Collaboration’

It is disappointing that since the general election the job prospects and life chances of young people haven’t been propelled higher up the political agenda. The Youth Employment Convention puts youth employment and its necessity for UK growth centre stage.

Young people are more likely than other groups to be employed on non-standard employment contracts and those without qualifications are at risk of being left behind. Addressing these issues now will lead to a significant and positive impact for young people, their communities and the prosperity of the UK’s labour market.

The Convention will focus on five key themes throughout the day which include:

Transitioning to work
Supporting the disavantaged
The skills we need
Employer engagement
Joining up strategy around the individual 

The voice of young people is central to the Convention. They will open it with a Youth Debate, close it with a Call to Action and participate as facilitators in all sessions throughout the event – keeping the event “real”, energised and focussed upon practical ways in which young people are being assisted to make the very best of their opportunities.

This Convention will explore the latest best practice from welfare to work and skills providers; the recruitment and accreditation industry; FE colleges; housing associations; local authorities, think tanks and voluntary sector organisations delivering support services to young people.

A top line of organisations and experts in the field of employability and skills for young people will include:

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Francis Augusto, Ambassador, Talent Match
Martin Brookes, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s People
Chris Bolton, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Pearson
Stephen Carrick-Davies, Director, Facework
Anton Chernikov, Explorer, Entrepreneur, Designer – The Exponentials
Ben Chu, Economics Editor, The Independent
Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive, National Numeracy
Rowan Foster, Assistant Director, UKCES
Katherine Garrett, Senior Manager Community Investment, CIPD
Hugo Garvey, Ambassador, YEUK Ambassador
Ruth Gilbert, Chief Executive, Career Colleges Trust
David Grailey, Chief Executive, NCFE
Will Gore, Deputy Managing Editor, London Evening Standard
Octavia Holland, Director of Policy, Advice and Communications, Gingerbread
David Hughes, Chief Executive, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Deirdre Hughes OBE, Commissioner, UKCES
Maggie Kalnins, Chief Executive, Inclusion Trust
Geoff Mount, Head of Operations, Barnados
Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus-PEF
Toni Pearce, Head of Employment and Skill, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Jamie Prangnell, Managing Director, Appadoodle
Iain Sailsbury, Chief Operating Officer, Learndirect
Stewart Segal , Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Samantha Sparrow, Task Squad Director, V-inspired
Cathy Walsh OBE, FE Representative on London Enterprise Panel (LEP) & Former CEOof Barking & Dagenham College
Iain Walsh, Director of Labour Market Strategy and International Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions
Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Inclusion

Join Inclusion , Strategic partner the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and Convention partners the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) in London on November 24 2015 at the biggest UK convention addressing youth employment and achievement.

Follow the Convention on Twitter #YouthEC2015


Contact Mintra Sadler on 020 7840 8338 (Inclusion)

Notes to editors
About the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
Inclusion is the UK’s leading not-for-profit company dedicated to tackling disadvantage and promoting social inclusion in the labour market. This is the second year we have collaborated with NIACE and AELP to deliver the Youth Employment Convention.
Website: Twitter: @InclusionCESI

About the Association of Employment and Learning Providers 
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 660+ members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations. Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision involved in skills training and employment. AELP Members deliver approximately 75% of the 850,000 apprenticeships in England.
Website: Twitter: @AELPUK

About the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, the national voice for lifelong learning.NIACE are a large, internationally respected development organisation and thinktank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields. Their specialism is post-16 learning and skills, but work across all age ranges from early years to later life.
Website: Twitter: @NIACEhq