The Youth Employment Index found that barriers to employment and education, as well as existing inequalities for minority young people, were left exacerbated by the pandemic. Many young NEET people have been left disengaged with the system and lack the support and guidance needed to enter the workforce.

The Index also demonstrated the strong link between tackling youth unemployment and improving GDP long-term, illustrating that there is a strong business and moral case for reducing rates of youth unemployment. Councils, schools and the voluntary sector are working together to deliver multi-agency services and programmes for young people, but there is still more work to be done. Through sharing best practice strategies and resources, local services can collaborate to give young people the support they deserve.

  • The UK’s NEET rate for 20- to 24-year-olds is currently 14%
  • The youth NEET rate varies widely across regions in the UK, with the North East region seeing the highest NEET rate of 13.7%, and Scotland experiencing the lowest NEET rate of 5.7% in the same period
  • Over the pandemic, White people aged 18-25 saw the highest employment rate out of all ethnic groups at 68.5%

(Youth Employment Index 2022)

Join us at the Youth Employability Conference 2024 to hear the latest guidance and practical initiatives for reducing rates of youth unemployment and supporting young NEET people. You will hear successful case studies showcasing a breadth of key topics, including identifying and filling local skills gaps, preparing students for careers and providing targeted support to ethnic minority young people. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the public sector to share and address common challenges engaging with young people.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading experts on tackling youth unemployment
✓ Hand-picked case studies showcasing a range of programmes and techniques for engaging with and preparing young people for the workforce
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector
✓ CPD (gain 4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

This is a live event taking place online:
 Access a full live event with 4 hours of CPD points from home
 Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
  Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
 Review event materials and presentations post-event
 Receive additional resources to boost your learning and support you in your role

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 


  • Keynote: The Youth Employment Landscape: Trends, Outcomes and Recommendations

    • Summary of the youth employment data and economic inactivity amongst young people
    • Key Findings of the 2023 Youth Voice Census and the challenges and barriers facing young people
    • Strategies for engaging disadvantaged young people and supporting them to overcome barriers to employment
    • Bringing employers on a journey of developing good youth employment practice

    Lauren Mistry, Deputy CEO, Youth Employment UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Using Data to Reduce the Youth Employment Gap

    Ayesha Baloch, Policy Advisor, Impetus (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study Brighton & Hove: Providing Wrap-Around Employability Support to NEET Young People

    • Setting the scene in Brighton & Hove
    • Early transition process and identifying those at risk of NEET
    • Challenges and innovative engagement
    • Partnership working strategies

    Rebecca Butler, Employability Manager, Employability Service – Skills & Employment, Brighton & Hove City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Breakout Networking: Engaging with Hard-to-Reach Young People who are NEET to Build Career Aspirations

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in engaging with young NEET people who are disengaged with the system. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross-sector collaboration.

  • Case Study: Driving Student Employability and Careers Guidance in Schools and Colleges

    • Teaching opportunities for embedding career pathways and opportunities into subject curriculum planning
    • Developing whole school ownership of careers education, information, advice and guidance
    • The Quality in Careers Standard Award: insights into delivering award winning careers information and support to all students
    • Securing high quality Careers Advisers to meet the needs of all students and provide long-term guidance
    • Delivering careers guidance interviews to tailor advice to the specific person

    Jo Sykes, Trust CEIAG Director, Co-op Academies Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Collaborating to Deliver Additional, Tailored Careers Support and Employment Opportunities for Young People with SEND

    • Providing tailored career support for young people with SEND
    • An understanding of the resources and adjustments available to support young people long-term
    • Key tips for how schools and families can prepare young people with additional needs for employment
    • Strategies for engaging employers to provide opportunities and employment for young people with SEND

    Usha Kong, Careers and Social Mobility Manager, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (CONFIRMED)

    Mario Kyriacou, Team Leader (Education & NEET Prevention), London Borough of Tower Hamlets (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Overcoming Barriers to Employment for Young Minority Ethnic People

    • Addressing the employability challenges young minority ethnic people encounter and sharing solutions to overcome them
    • Key resources to support youth organisations to progress young people’s career aspirations and enhance employability
    • Early intervention: designing programme models to build confidence and access work experience at an early age
    • Demonstrating employability programmes aimed at minority ethnic people and their successes

    Nana Agyeman, Managing Director, Access UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Question and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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