Youth Employment Convention 2015

18 November 2015

Youth Employment Convention 2015

24th November 2015
The Mermaid, London
‘Youth Matters: Forging Links for Collaboration’

In a month when the Equalities and Human Rights Commission reported upon the “worst ever decline in living standards for young people under 34” the Youth Employment Convention puts full youth employment and its necessity for UK growth centre stage.

Young people are adversely affected by a “perfect storm” of policies including high tuition fees; the abolition of grants for poorer students and of housing benefit for young people; scarce social housing and house prices and rents that are out of reach; as well as continuingly high youth unemployment, especially amongst NEETS and too many young people in low skilled jobs on “precarious” contracts. 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 disadvantaged
The skills we need
Employer engagement
Joining up strategy around the individual

The voice of young people is central to the Convention. They contribute 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.

Many experts in the field of employability and skills for young people are contributing their expertise to the event, including:

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Francis Augusto, Talent Match London
Eddie Stride, Chief Executive, City Gateway
David Grailey, Chief Executive, NCFE
Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, the Careers and Enterprise Company
Ruth Gilbert, Chief Executive, Career Colleges Trust
Hugo Garvey, Youth Ambassador, YEUK
Chris Bolton, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Pearson
Rachel Smith, Senior Labour Market Policy Economist, CBI
Stephen Carrick-Davies, Director, Facework
Ben Chu, Economics Editor, Independent
Rowan Foster, Assistant Director, UKCES
Catriona Curry, National Programme Manager, Talent for Care, NHS
Anton Chernikov, Founder, The Exponentials
Iain Walsh, Director , Labour Market Strategy, DWP
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Children and Young People Board, LGA
Katherine Garrett, Senior Manager Community Investment, CIPD
Will Gore, Deputy Managing Editor, London Evening Standard, Independent and i
Kerrie Gemmill, Director of National Operations, Gingerbread
David Hughes, Chief Executive, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Lead Consultant, London Ambitions and Chair, DfE/CfBT Core Maths Support Programme
Maggie Kalnins, Chief Executive, Inclusion Trust
Gerard Liston, Director, Forum-Talent-Potential
Jack Welch, Youth Ambassador, YEUK
Carrie Deacon, Nesta Innovation Lab
Tony Wilson, Director of Policy & Research, Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion
Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research, Education and Employers Taskforce
Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus-PEF
Toni Pearce, Head of Employment and Skills, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Iain Salisbury, 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 CEO of Barking & Dagenham College

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE and prospective CE of the Learning & Work Institute, (the merger of NIACE and Inclusion) says:

“It is clear that we need to do more to ensure every young person is supported in their transition from school to work. Too many young people lack the opportunities they need to carve out careers in what’s a fast-changing world.

What is less obvious is how, in straightened financial circumstances, this can be best achieved. NIACE, and the new Learning & Work Institute, are committed to promoting the interests of young people and we are delighted to support the Youth Employment Convention for a third successive year. The dynamic environment generated at the Convention brings all the right people together to create the relationships, networks and synergy that will drive the reform that we need. We want to maximise the life chances of our young people and enable them to become the highly skilled and high earning workers the UK needs to guarantee its future prosperity.”

Join Inclusion , Strategic Partner the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education and Convention Partner 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 #YouthEC15


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 third 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 national trade association representing providers involved in skills and employment delivery, responding to the needs of employers, learners and the local communities. AELP members deliver the majority of Apprenticeships, Traineeships, English and maths in the workplace and programmes for the unemployed including the Work Programme. The majority of its 760+ members are independent, private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations.
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 is a large, internationally respected development organisation and think tank, 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 theywork across all age ranges from early years to later life.
Website: Twitter: @NIACEhq