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The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Conference 2013

The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Conference 2013

Monday, 23 September 2013 - Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Monday 23 September 2013

12.30 – 14.00
Youth Insight: the reality and aspirations of the world of work for British youth

Regent Room, Grand Hotel

The focus of the event is: what should policymakers, recruiters and employers be doing to ensure young people achieve their aspirations for work? Ensuring young people develop the skills and have the work opportunities to progress their careers is a pressing issue for policymakers and for society. The challenging broader labour market context makes this even more of a priority. There need to be better connections between education, recruitment, job-matching and in-work training. But often the voices of young people in improving the system are missing from the debate. Featuring new research with young people on their attitude and approach to development opportunities and work, this panel session will explore how employers and policy makers can better understand young people’s aspirations and approach to work and development opportunities, and use this insight to improve employment outcomes for all young people.


• Stephen Timms MP
• Ben Reid, the work foundation
• Young person
• Barnardos
• James Watts, VP HR, KFC

Tuesday 24 September, 2013

9.30 - 10.30
Lost in transition? Why are young people failing to make the transition from school to work?

Terrace Room, Grand Hotel

There is a national youth unemployment crisis, with few established pathways into good employment for those that do not go to university. Where alternative pathways exist, as with apprenticeships, demand often far outstrips supply and some argue that the education and training system is failing to equip school leavers with the skills they need to access opportunities.


• Lizzie Crowley,
• Rhian Johns, Director of Policy and Campaigns
• Lisa Nandy MP
• Will Hutton (chair)

24 September 2013

12.30 – 14.00
Killing the zombies and raising the innovators

Hilton Hotel, Ambassador Room

Unproductive firms are being kept alive in the UK by low interest rates and tolerant lenders while too many firms with high potential are struggling to find the help they need to grow. Yet this is the opposite of how a financial system should allocate resources. The event will look at the potential of new types of banking business models which will aim to remove the structural barriers in our economy as well as the opportunity for business accelerator initiatives to build truly supportive environments around small innovative companies.


• Will Hutton, Big Innovation Centre
• Birgitte Andersen, Big Innovation Centre
• Mariana Mazucatto, Economist, Sussex University
• Toby Perkins MP
• Adam Marshal, BCC

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