Youth Employment and Skills Summit: Is it ‘job done’ for young people?

Wednesday 20 October | 9.45am – 2pm

Watch the Summit’s opening keynote from Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP and our panels on Levelling up: Supporting youth employment locally, and Employers: Building forwards better.

Watch out final keynote from Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram.


The end of September will see over 200,000 young people facing the final unfurlough, with another 500,000 young people fresh out of education. Meanwhile, the government prepares for a Spending Review which will have crucial implications for young people’s jobs and skills prospects.

Young people have been amongst those hardest hit by the pandemic, accounting for 39% of the fall in employment throughout the pandemic, despite accounting for just 12% of total employment. Whilst some employers are struggling to fill vacancies, long term youth unemployment is rising – up 54,000 (44%) since the pandemic began. Some groups have fared worse than others with the decline in hours worked for Black young people three times higher than for white young people.

What does the future labour market hold for young people? Our major study with The Prince’s Trust, supported by HSBC UK, shows the industries that typically employ young people will be hardest hit in the long term.

This event will explore the jobs and skills prospects for young people and considers the opportunities and challenges for different groups, employers and localities. As the UK transitions from pandemic support to jobs recovery, we’ll address the question: does employment and skills support need to roll back, stay the same, or adapt?

Speakers will include:

  • Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Employment), Department for Work and Pensions
  • Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region
  • Ian Caplan, Director for Employment, Youth and Skills, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Steve LatusHead of Traineeships, Education & Skills Funding Agency
  • Helene DearnGroup Director, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Chris Goulden, Director, Impact and Evidence at Youth Futures Foundation
  • Dianna Neal, Strategic Lead for Enterprise, Economy and Skills, London Councils
  • Clare Hatton, Head of Skills Delivery, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Cllr Rebecca Langton, Portfolio Holder for Skills, Growth and Economic Development, Nottingham City Council
  • Olly Newton, Executive Director, Edge Foundation
  • Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Nicola Hall, Director of Education, The Careers & Enterprise Company
  • Leigh Middleton, CEO, National Youth Agency
  • Nicola Inge, Employment & Skills Director, Business in the Community
  • Anna Morrison CBE, Director, Amazing Apprenticeships
  • Jodie McNally, Head of Programmes, EY Foundation
  • Francesca Prior, Operational Manager, Southampton City Council
  • Marisol Milsom, Head of Global Workforce Strategy, Capita
  • Karen Handley, Head of Future Careers, Virgin Media
  • John Cartwright, Head of Construction, Hartlepool College
  • Gerarde Manley, Careers Hub Manager, Leicester and Leicestershire LEP
  • Youth Ambassadors

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9.45am – Welcome and introductions

10am – Keynote speech: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Employment)

10.30am – Panel discussionLevelling up: Supporting youth employment locally

11.15am – Coffee break

11.30am – Panel discussion: Employers: Building forward better

12.15pm Breakouts

  • Careers education in the recovery;
  • Unequal impacts for young people facing disadvantage;
  • Expanding high quality apprenticeships and technical education for young people
  • Colocation and localising youth provision;
  • Flexing delivery for the future

1pm – Coffee break

1.10pm – Final keynote: Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

2pm – Close

This event is supported by

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