YOUTH ACTION FORUM
The event brings together employers and partners from across our network to discuss the challenges faced whilst running work experience programmes and ways to help ensure we continue to deliver quality work opportunities for young people.
Session 1: Challenges Impacting Business Delivery of WEX
The first Youth Action Forum was held on Wednesday 13 July. The objective of the session was to work together to discuss and deepen our collective understanding of the top business challenges to the delivery of work experience placements. This collective experience and insight from across our employer network can be found on the following slides.
Session 2: How can we help combat the emerging mental health emergency affecting young people today?
September 2022 saw the release of the Youth Employment UK (YEUK) Youth Census which surveyed 4,000 young people and showed that “young people are in an escalating state of mental crisis”. Combined with research on post-pandemic recovery, the lasting effects of Covid-related lockdowns and the intensifying cost-of-living crisis within the UK, Movement to Work believed this was the most pressing matter to bring business leaders together to ideate on.
Session 3: How to better engage and recruit young people onto work experience and job placements?
Over the last six months, Movement to Work has gathered insights and data from young people, employers and researchers which highlights some of the key issues standing in their respective ways of achieving sustainable engagement within the labour market.
Session 4: What is the perception of young people from employers and employers from young people today?
It is important for us to remember that when talking about “young people” aged 16-30, we are in fact talking about two very different groups of people with professional characteristics which can be generalised by “Gen Z” and “Millenials”. The Youth Employment UK (YEUK) Youth Census shows us that more than 56% of these young people feel that a lack of work experience stands in their way of securing employment, nearly 29% believe employers are not supportive of hiring young people and only 14% of young people feel “confident” or “extremely confident” in finding work where they live.
Session 5: TIKTOK, A DEEPER DIVE
What are the perceived benefits and challenges associated with the use of TikTok for inclusive recruitment purposes?
Session 6: Working from home and the hybrid working model
How does this affect today’s young workforce?
Each year we host our annual CEO Summit, bringing together senior leaders from across our network alongside young people, to discuss the most pertinent issues of the day relating to youth unemployment. Take a look at the content from the last few years.
YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY AWARDS
Each year we hold this special event to highlight individuals and organisations across the network who have been particularly extraordinary in their efforts to help young people get into work. The awards also serve as an inspiring moment to celebrate the incredible progress being made by our young people on their journey into work.
Our Youth Summit provides a platform for young people to share their employment journey in a way that they feel safe and truly heard, in order to refresh and deepen our understanding of what a quality career means to young people today.