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Roundtable: The Employer’s Role in Tackling Youth Unemployment

Roundtable: The Employer’s Role in Tackling Youth Unemployment

Tuesday, 02 July 2013
16:00 - 17:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


• Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Children’s Minister
• Paul Sissons, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation
• James Watts, Vice President of HR for KFC  


There remain around 1 million young unemployed people in this country. In our latest report we set out the steps that employers can take to tackle the problem.

First, employers must ensure that the way they recruit gives young people the best possible chance. Currently many jobs are filled through informal channels, which uses networks which young people don’t have access to. Second, employers  can have a positive impact on young people by engaging with them at an earlier age to help prepare them for the world of work. Young people benefit from contact with employers while in education. It gives them useful information about careers, helping them make informed choices about what to study and what jobs to pursue, and can provide motivation by connecting education with future work.

Of course – most important is offering young people jobs, and so our report also looks at the business case for hiring young people. Is it strong? We suggest that for  many employers the business case for taking on young people is weak, especially during the recession with young people competing against older, more experienced workers.

Who should attend?

Employers, groups representing employers, and those working to connect employers with young people.

Why should you attend?

The event will give employers the opportunity to discuss their experiences of employing young people, whether they see a business case for doing so, and what they think employers’ role is in tackling youth unemployment.

The event is invite-only but if you would like to attend please contact us.

You can email Nye Cominetti at or call on 0207 976 3564.

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