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 Labour Party Conference: ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people

Labour Party Conference: ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people

Monday, 22 September 2014
09:00 - 10:30
Manchester Central, Exchange 4-5


•Rushanara Ali, MP and Shadow Minister for Education
•Lizzie Crowley, Head of Youth Unemployment Programmes, The Work Foundation
•Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation
•John Longworth, Director, British Chambers of Commerce
•Geraint Johnes, Director of The Work Foundation

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.

The panel aimed to answer the central question  'What would constitute a good youth labour market and how should we go about building it?'


 If you have any questions about this event please contact Nina Gryf  at  or on 0207 976 3505. 

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