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The Work Foundation at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2013

The Work Foundation at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013 - Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Monday 16 September 2013


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

The SECC, Ness Room

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, The Work Foundation
Rhian Johns, Impetus - Private Equity Foundation
Simon Hughes MP

Kate Shoesmith, REC

Tuesday 17 September,


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

The SECC, Dochart 1

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.


• James Watts, VP HR, KFC
• Ben Reid, The Work Foundation
• Stephen Lloyd MP

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