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The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Conference

The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Conference

Monday, 01 October 2012
12:00 - 20:00

How can we tackle the youth unemployment crisis?
12.30 – 14.00 Rolls Suite, Manchester

The UK faces an immediate youth unemployment crisis. One million young people are unemployed, a quarter for more than a year. Urgent action is needed to stop these young people turning into a new ‘lost generation’. But this is only half the problem. Youth unemployment was rising well before the recession pushed numbers to headline-grabbing levels, and unless addressed the long-term problem will persist even once the economy starts to grow again.

This fringe event brought together leading figures to discuss what could be done to tackle the short-term crisis and long-term problem of youth unemployment. 
In partnership  with Private Equity Foundation.


  • Dr Neil Lee,  The Work Foundation
  • Kay Carberry, Assistant General Secretary, TUC
  • Rhian Johns,  Policy & Communications Director, Private Equity Foundation
  • Stella Creasy MP
  • Alison McGovern MP
  • Stefan Stern (chair)


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    It's innovation, stupid: Is the strategy for growth working?
    18.00 – 19.30 Manchester Central, exec 8

    With almost a year since the launch of the government’s innovation and research strategy, this fringe asked if we are going far enough and fast enough to creating a 21st-century framework for recovery, growth and prosperity. Is the government’s approach enough to support a wave of new companies? The UK has some of the world’s leading science institutions and universities with licences and company spin-offs from academic work improving. But ideas, credit and resources are not flowing with the speed, scale and energy required to achieve a long-term UK recovery.

    Do we need the government to be smarter, more enterprising and agile than traditional state intervention models? The Big Innovation Centre has been examining how ‘industry push policies’ could be replaced by a new ‘ecosystem’. This would address systemic failure and create wider and more lasting benefits both for the economy and, more broadly, for society. This fringe revealed more about the rich and diverse benefits of the ecosystem approach.

    • Will Hutton ( chair)
    • Birgitte Andersen, Director Big Innovation Centre
    • Andy Westwood, CEO, GuildHE
    • Sarah Hunter, Head of UK Public Policy at Google
    • Andrew Miller MP, Chair of Science and Technology Select Committee

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    Has Labour got it right on the immigration and jobs debate?
    18:00 - 19:30  Meeting Room 1, Hilton Hotel, Manchester

    As the debate about skills, wages and employment intensify; Labour is under pressure to develop its position on migrant workers. But what are the facts? Do low-paid migrant workers displace native workers, or depress wages? What contribution do structural features of sectors of the labour market where migrants are concentrated make to these effects? And how can Labour policy aim to improve working conditions and opportunities for all workers?


      • Chris Wimpole (Chair) - Huffington Post
      • Chris Bryant MP - Shadow Immigration Minister
      • Jack Dromey MP - APPG on Migration & Shadow Housing Minister
      • Mumtaz Lalani - National Institute for Economic and Social Research
      • Don Flynn - Migrants' Rights Network

    In partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and the Migrants' Rights Network.

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