Prospects sponsors Youth Employment Convention
Youth unemployment poses an immense challenge to the UK with 18.9 per cent of the youth population – some 1,371,000 young people - not in employment, full-time education or training, according to the latest labour market statistics from the Office of National Statistics.
As an organisation which works across all aspects of Youth Support and the largest provider of careers information, advice and guidance in the UK, Prospects is taking a key role in the Youth Employment Convention which takes place this week at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. Prospects is one of the sponsors, is exhibiting and has also delivered three seminars. The convention, entirely focused on youth employment, aims to demonstrate what’s working, where innovation is happening and provide a unique opportunity for cross-sector collaboration.
Alison Williams, Prospects Director of Youth Support, chaired a seminar on Partnerships to help those in greatest need. Alison spoke about Prospects unique partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, running the youth support service on behalf of the council. Nanette Higgins, Prospects Manager of the GO4it Project, spoke about working with local authorities across London to support teen parents and care leavers into employment, education or training.
Brenda Cabras, Prospects Director of Employment and Training, chaired a seminar on Careers guidance which focused on what needs to be done to ensure world class careers support and guidance in school and afterwards?
Another 40 seminars running alongside the Prospects Seminars, featured speakers including Tristram Hunt MP, Will Hutton and Rt Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Gordon Marsden MP, All Party Parliamentary Group on Employment & Skills and Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Member of Parliament for Tottenham. Crucially, the Youth Employment Convention includes the views and participation of young people who are directly affected by education, employment and skills policy and seek the opinions of employers looking to employ them.