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

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

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
12:30 - 14:00
Hall 6B, ICC Birmingham


• Fraser Nelson, Editor , The Spectator ( chair)
• Lizzie Crowley, Head of Youth Unemployment Programmes, The Work Foundation
• Lord Holmes, Member of Lords Digital Skills Committee
• David Rogers, UK Futures, Deloitte
• Jenny North , Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus – The Private Equity

The Work Foundation held a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference. The core question was:  

•What would constitute a good youth labour market and how should we go about building it?

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. 

Read the event summary from Dods here

If you would like to know more about the event please contact Nina Gryf  at or 0207 976 3505.    

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