ERSA's goal at party conference is to provide a forum for open discussion between political stakeholders and the employability sector.

ERSA is delighted to announce this year we will be hosting panel fringe events at both Labour and Conservative conferences. Our speakers will include the Minister for Employment Esther McVey, Shadow Minister for Employment Stephen Timms MP and Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee Dame Anne Begg MP. At Liberal Democrat conference ERSA will be hosting an expert round table event to be led by Pensions Minister, Steve Webb MP and sector expert, Lord German. The event will also be a attended by a number of parliamentarians including: Health Minister, Norman Lamb MP, Gordon Birtwhistle MP and Lord Adebowale.

Full details of the events are included below, if you would like to register to attend the Labour or Conservative panel events, or if you have any questions please do email

Labour Party Conference

Manchester, Monday, 22 September, 17:30-19:00, The Hilton Hotel, Manchester Deansgate, meeting room 7

Jobs for everyone: Can more integrated services help the most disadvantaged into work?

Speakers: Stephen Timms, Shadow Minister for Employment and Dame Anne Begg, Chair, Work and Pensions Select Committee; Elizabeth Taylor, Bootstrap Enterprises; Stephen Evans, Working Links

Conservative Party Conference

Birmingham, Monday, 29 September 2014, 17.30-19.00; Crowne Plaza Birmingham City, meeting room 7

Is tough love the answer: different approaches to engaging jobseekers

Speakers: Esther McVey, Minister of State for Employment, Harriet Sargent, Journalist and Author and Jacquie Smallwood, Shaw Trust

Liberal Democrat Party Conference 

Glasgow: Party members invitation only

Roundtable: Public services and employment: Is localism the solution?

Speakers: Steve Webb, Minister of State for Pensions, Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Health and Lord German Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Work and Pensions