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Employer roundtable event on youth employment

Thursday, 24 November 2011
10:00 - 12:00
The Work Foundation


On the 24 November, The Work Foundation hosted a small roundtable meeting to discuss the challenges posed by youth employment. Taking place only a few days after the ONS confirmed that employment had risen above the symbolic one million mark, and just before the Chancellor’s Autumn statement announced £940 million of wage incentives for small firms to take on young apprentices. The issue of youth employment is a pressing one for business and government alike, making the conversation all the more important .

The meeting was designed to inform and involve The Work Foundation’s partner network in its new research programme due to commence early next year, entitled The Missing Million. The programme will ask ‘What measures can be taken now to address the problem of youth unemployment and how can the UK move in the long-term to a labour market with lower levels of youth unemployment?’.

With contributions from major employers like Morrison’s and funding bodies like the Private Equity Foundation, the group, including Logica, Barclays, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, BT and IBM explored the challenges to recruiting, developing and retaining young people and considered what government policies could do to help incentivise employers to address the issue.

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