Supporting Young People Into Employment

The number of young people in Scotland with qualifications is higher than ever before, yet they continue to be the group experiencing the highest rates of poverty amongst adults. Quality employment is key to improving the outcomes and life chances of our young people.

Making ‘positive destinations’ meaningful

Scottish Government initiatives - from 'Developing the Young Workforce' to 'Opportunities for All' – have made the achievement of further study, training, or employment a policy priority. However, the 2018 Princes Trust Youth Index recently revealed that young people’s concerns about the job market are increasing and many struggle with a low self-confidence and a lack of opportunities to develop their skills.

This event we will be scrutinising the landscape around youth employment and examining priorities and successful examples of supporting young people to gain work that is satisfying and sustainable.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Impact of poverty on attainment and employment outcomes
  • Key challenges facing young people when entering the labour market
  • How to build stronger relationships with industry
  • Helping young people negotiate the transition from education to employment
  • Strengthening the confidence and soft-skills of young people
  • Building rounded employment skills such as communication, networking, time management
  • Equipping young people to move beyond the setbacks they may experience in their employment journey

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consulting

10:05 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Policy priorities for Developing the Young Workforce
  • The relationship between poverty, attainment and employment outcomes 
  • Key challenges facing young people when entering the labour market

Daniel Fyffe-Jardine, Head of Partnerships, The Prince's Trust

Sean McLaren, Young Person

10:25 Questions to The Princes Trust

10:30 Roundtable discussion

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss contract management challenges they have encountered and the key learning outcomes that they would like to take away from the day.

10:50 Feedback from the roundtable discussions

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Getting Young People Work-Ready

  • Building rounded employment skills such as communication, networking, time management
  • Connecting young people with appropriate work experience
  • Helping young people negotiate the transition from education to employment
  • Equipping young people to move beyond the setbacks they may experience in their employment journey
  • Strengthening the confidence and soft-skills of young people
  • Getting careers advice right

11:30 Ashley Ryan, Delivery Manager, ENABLE Scotland

11:50 Vijiha Bashir, Employability Officer - Inspiring Aspirations Employability Project, Amina

12:10 Liam Smith, Centre Director, Fort Kinnaird and Kenny Hall, Skills For Work Adviser, Fort Kinnaird Recruitment and Skills Centre

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies

  • Importance of timely support and intervention for positive outcomes
  • Supporting disadvantaged young people into employment: from disability and teenage parents to young offenders
  • Building relationships with and working with industry to increase experience and opportunities for young people

13:30 APEX - A, B, C

  • Importance of timely support and intervention for positive outcomes
  • Supporting disadvantaged young people into further education and employment: from school pupils, young people with a criminal record and those who have come through the care system
  • Building relationships with employers to increase positive experiences and opportunities for young people

Helen Chamier-Tripp, Service Development Manager, Apex Scotland and Linda Dunion, RE:SET Team Leader and Peripatetic Worker, Apex Scotland

13:50 Stewart Rafferty, Customer Engagement Manager, Disclosure Scotland

14:10 Michelle Fisher, Employability Officer, Inclusion Scotland

 14:40 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street N Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
15 May 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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