13 June 2018

On the 6th of June, we held a meeting of our Employability Network. The quarterly network brings together youth workers and other youth employability professionals to discuss key issues,  such as racial disparity and supporting young people with disabilities. It’s an opportunity for youth employability professionals to share best practice, to network, to be updated on the policy context, and to connect with other experts in the sector.

Laura-Jane Rawlings, Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment UK are a membership and campaigning organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK.

Laura-Jane gave the network a thorough overview of Youth Employment UK’s services and their work. This includes the Young Professional training scheme and their Careers Education Resources, which are both available for free. She also spoke with passion about the profound mismatch between the employment expectations on young people and the support and barriers they encounter.

Ceri Saunders, STEM Learning

STEM Learning is a provider of education and careers support in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With a partnership of government, charities, and employers, they  work with schools, colleges, and others to raise young people’s engagement with and achievement in STEM subjects and careers.

Ceri explained that their very successful STEM Ambassadors programme has been expanded from schools and colleges, to also include outreach with community youth organisations. The programme brings STEM professionals together with young people to learn, to run sessions and activities, and to encourage participation in the field.

Get in touch

Look out for the next Employability Network meeting in September 2018. If you have any questions, please email Clifford Fleming, Membership Development Officer.

Samuel Howell, Policy Officer