With thanks to the support of Youth Futures Foundation from 2020-2023, the Youth Employment Forum is open to all organisations working to support young people towards and into decent work and opportunities.
See also Kickstart Community Forum
Youth Hubs Forum – supported by Youth Futures Foundation
Open to all organisations with an interest in better youth services and delivery.
6 July, 10am – 12pm
Register via ersa.eventbrite.com
How do providers get involved in Youth Hubs? How are Youth Hubs working in your local area? How do other opportunities like apprenticeships work with Youth Hubs? How do I get in touch with my local Youth Hub? What’s working well? What can ERSA do to support organisations with ready to go services for young people and connect with Youth Hubs? Join us on 6 July in our community of good practice and information sharing event.
Contributions from ERSA, Southampton City Council, Mencap, Centrepoint, GMCA and DWP. Please get in touch if you have an agenda item or something to share around Youth Hubs to the team via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please save the dates for future forums – 1st Wednesday in the month (excluding August), all at 10am – 12pm.
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New podcast series on ‘Tackling Youth Unemployment’ from Youth Futures Foundation
In this podcast series, Anna Smee, CEO of Youth Futures Foundation, will be joined by experts, practitioners, policy makers and young people to discuss the issue of youth unemployment. She’ll explore key areas affecting young peoples’ employment outcomes, whilst delving into the crux of Youth Futures’ work, showcasing their newest research tool, the Evidence and Gap map. Read more
- 28/06/2022 – To level up the country, we need to join up employability and skills services
- 26/11/2021 – ERSA Kickstart Report: Extend, Expand and Empower!
- 05/11/2021 – Youth Futures Foundation announces Connected Futures Fund
- 05/10/2021 – ‘Plan for Jobs’ skills and employment programmes: information for employers
- 04/10/2021 – £500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion
- 20/05/2021 – The ERSA Youth Employment Forum and Bulletin
- 28/04/2021 – Kickstart Gateways – We Need Your Help With ASK SETH
- 27/04/2021 – Be part of the National Youth Covid Recovery Programme
Impetus: Youth Jobs Gap – NEET Dashboards
The next meeting is on 12 December at 2pm, register in advance via https://ersa.eventbrite.com
Chair – Francesca Prior, Southampton City Council
Speakers and updates
- DWP Youth and Skills (Tammy Fervier)
- Connected Futures Fund – https://youthfuturesfoundation.org/our-work/invest/connected-futures/ (Dan Jones)
- Evidence and Gap Map – https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/evidence-and-gap-map/ (Chris Goulden)
- ERSA Kickstart policy activity (Dr Andrew Morton)
- Sector updates and ERSA planned activity for 2022 (Elizabeth Taylor)
In case you missed it…
The Youth Employment Forum met on on 7 September, you can watch the meeting again here and download the slides and supporting materials below.
Youth Futures Foundation
Youth Hubs – What Works (IES) – slides
GMCA: GM ESF and Youth Employment – slides
ERSA members, please register for the membership area (BETA version) – https://membership.ersa.org.uk/login and await further instructions to get your organisation profile set up!
Good Work and Opportunities for All
On 22 April, ERSA supported by the Youth Futures Foundation delivered a series of virtual sessions for delivery organisations. Catch up here.
We are Rising to the Youth Employment Challenge #YE220221
On Monday 22 February, ERSA supported by Youth Futures Foundation delivered a one day virtual conference bringing together commissioners, youth policy experts and grassroot delivery organisations. Along with the voices of young people a summary and resources from the day can be found here.
The ERSA Employability Awards 2020, more details here https://ersa.org.uk/ERSAAwards20
2020’s winner: The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust works in partnership with NHS Scotland to expand opportunities for sustainable youth employment within the health service, supporting the recruitment and retention of entry level clinical, social care, and non-clinical roles. Since October 2018, The Trust have helped unlock young talent, many of whom never felt confident enough or believed they had the necessary skills or qualifications to apply for a job with the NHS, to provide accessible employability pathways into the health service that will ultimately support the sustainability of the NHS workforce.
Also highly commended in this category
- London Zoo – Zoological Society of London, nominated by Unity Works
2019’s winner: East London Business Alliance (ELBA) – The Parity Project
The Parity Project connects Young Black Men to sustainable employment in corporate sectors. During its pilot phase (Oct 17 – Oct 18), the project engaged 100 young men and supported over half (52) participants into sustainable professional careers, as well as a further 14 into internships and work placements. Parity facilitated employability interventions and job brokerage with leading firms in Canary Wharf and the City, enabled impactful relationships via the Parity Mentoring programme and networking events.
Youth Employment Group
ERSA is a member of this group, more details can be found at https://impetus.org.uk/youth-employment-group including ways you can contribute.
Kickstart roundtable with the DWP and next steps