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Do young people have the right skills for work?

Do young people have the right skills for work?

Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Friday, 15 June 2012
09:30 - 11:00
The Work Foundation


    • Alison Wolf, Professor of Public Service Management at Kings College London and author of the Wolf review of Vocational Education.
    • Tony Lau-Walker, CEO of Eastleigh College and UKCES Commissioner.   
    Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research, The Education and Employers Taskforce
    • Neil Lee, Head of Socioeconomic Programme, The Work Foundation (chair)

    The context

    Youth unemployment has reached record levels. A common complaint is that young people are leaving vocational education unequipped with the skills they require to succeed in the labour market. Yet evidence from UKCES suggests that most employers who recruit young people find them well prepared for work.

    Which of these views is true? Do we need to improve young people's skills and – if so – how?

    To coincide with the launch of the the first report from The Work Foundation's new Missing Million research programme, this high-level event brought together leading individuals from policy, academia and business to consider these important issues:

    • Do young people have the skills they need to succeed in the workplace?
    • How can colleges and employers better work together to improve outcomes for learners?
    • What is the role for business in improving young people's skills?


 If you would like to learn more about this event please contact Jenny Gulliford at

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