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Party Conferences 2014

Party Conferences 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014 - Wednesday, 08 October 2014
Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow

The Work Foundation celebrated the end of another year of successful Party Conference Fringe events, kindly sponsored by Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation. This year the focus was on the policy measures necessary to tackle youth unemployment and build career opportunities for young people – a major on-going area of research for The Work Foundation.

We were joined by high profile panellists from all three major political parties alongside leading business representations to discuss the challenges and action required. Speaking to packed rooms at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Party Conferences the lively and insightful discussions highlighted that despite recent record falls in youth unemployment the need to find solutions to tackle the long term structural rise remains high on the political agenda.

‘More than a job - creating career opportunities for young people'

Despite recent falls in youth unemployment, policy makers, business leaders, educators and third sector organisations must guard against complacency. Youth unemployment was on the rise before the recession and will not be solved by the recovery alone. Transitions from education to employment have become increasingly difficult, and a growing proportion of young people - when they do move into work – are becoming stuck in low paid low skilled jobs with limited opportunities for progression.
This has severe implications both for social mobility and for the future of the UK’s economy. If we don’t act urgently now to tackle issues of unemployment, low educational attainment, and create progression paths for young people both the public purse and the economy will suffer.

Labour – Manchester

Monday, 22 September 2014
09:00 - 10:30 Manchester Central, Exchange 4-5
Speakers:
• Rushanara Ali, MP and Shadow Minister for Education
• Jenny North , Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation
• Lizzie Crowley, Head of Youth Unemployment Programmes, The Work Foundation
• John Longworth, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
• Chair: Geraint Johnes, Director, The Work Foundation

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Tories - Birmingham

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
12:30 - 14:00 Hall 6B, ICC Birmingham
Spekers
• Lizzie Crowley, Head of Youth Unemployment Programmes, The Work Foundation
• Jenny North , Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation
• Lord Holmes, Member of Lords Digital Skills Committee
• David Rogers, UK Futures, Deloitte
• Fraser Nelson, Editor , The Spectator ( chair)

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Liberal Democrats - Glasgow

Tuesday, 07 October 2014
08:00 - 09:00, Ness room, SECC, Glasgow

Speakers
• Lizzie Crowley, Head of Youth Unemployment Programmes, The Work Foundation
• Kevin Munday, Investment Director, ThinkForward, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation
• Stephen Lloyd MP
• Kate Shoesmith, Head of Policy, REC
• Baroness Garden

Read the Dods summary
Read the storify

See previous years' party conference programmes

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