Improving local education and employment opportunities for young adults

  26/02/2019 - 28/02/2019   Event ID :14192

Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6LS
Tuesday 26 February 2019
10:15 – 14:00

This invitation-only event provides delegates with an opportunity to hear about the findings of Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission so far and explore:

  • Current education and employment outcomes for young people and how these vary across local areas
  • Why high youth employment figures are not the whole story – and why we need the YouthCommission
  • Whether current policy plans match up to what is needed
  • The experiences and aspirations of young people – and how local areas can improve education and employment opportunities for their residents

The Commission, launched in July 2019, looks at how to improve education and employment opportunities for 16-24-year-olds.

Through research, consultations and engagement with key stakeholders, the Commission is considering the current education and employment prospects for young people, the likely impact of changes in policy and the labour market, and new ideas for ensuring all young people have access to high quality opportunities.

By invitation only.



10:15 Arrival, registration and refreshments


11:15 Welcome and introduction


Chair: Maggie Galliers CBE, Chair, Learning and Work Institute








Opening address

High youth employment figures are not the whole story: why we set up the Youth Commission?


Chair: Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute


11:35 Keynote address


11:40 Look to the Future: Young people share their experiences and aspirations


Chair: Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director for Policy & Research, Learning and Work Institute


12:15 Improving education and employment opportunities: what can national government do?


Speaker: Dr Emran Mian OBE, Director General for Strategy and International, Department for Education








Improving education and employment opportunities at a local level

Speakers: Rob Tabb, Employment and Skills Team, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; Francis Lawlor, Cambridgeshire Peterborough Combined Authority; Michelle Burton, Head of Employment and Skills, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership; Ketan Gandhi, Head of Wellbeing and Community at Slough Borough Council


13:15 Closing comments


Chair: Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute


13:20 Lunch and networking


14:00 Close


By invitation only.