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Dr Libby McEnhill
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Young people with chronic conditions and their transition into employment

Tuesday, 23 February 2016
09:00 - 12:00
21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

Since the financial crisis of 2008, youth employment has been of increasing concern in the UK. Despite an overall improvement in employment rates, young people have been left behind. For some young people the transition between education and employment is relatively smooth, but for others impediments or difficulties in this transitionary period may arise. In many cases, young people with chronic health conditions and disabilities are disadvantaged in gaining the necessary formal qualifications and the skills for enhancing their employment prospects, and accessing the opportunities that can allow them to progress into sustained employment. It is clear that if young people face difficulties entering and staying in employment in general, then achieving positive labour market outcomes can become even more complicated for young people with chronic conditions.

This paper explores how effectively education and skills training in the UK is preparing young people with chronic conditions for employment and makes recommendations on how the support offered to these young people could be improved.

The event was attended by a select group of policymakers, representatives of large and small employers, of employer bodies, charities and academics. Fascinating presentations from our guest speakers and a lively discussion made for a tremendous event.

Chairs: Prof. Stephen Bevan, Director of Research , The Work Foundation

  • Liz Sayce OBE, CEO, Disability Rights UK
  • Dr Zofia Bajorek and Victoria Donnaloja, report authors, The Work Foundation
  • Prof. Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education, University of Derby
  • Dr Nasser Siabi, OBE, Chief Exeuctive, Microlink PC (UK)

 For access to the presentations made please click below.

For a briefing note for the report please click here.

To follow the tweets circulated during the event please see below.


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