Making a difference to those furthest from employment In June we held our annual forum in Leicester – we had a fantastic turnout, with more than 110 attendee from over 70 organisations present. It was a landmark event for Movement to Work, made by the passion and enthusiasm of our members.
The day focused around making a difference to those furthest from employment, to better understand how we can engage and support those young people who face the greatest barriers to entering the workplace. We looked beyond work placements and heard from pioneers across the sector who are innovating to make a difference.
Highlights included: discussion of youth-friendly recruitment practices; return on investment of work placements; adjustments employers can make to support those with disabilities including what we mean by ‘hidden’ disabilities; and driving social mobility by working with grassroots organisations. Young people were at the heart of the event with two current Talent Match participants on each table, and attendees were asked to make a commitment to action at the end of the day.
As part of the event we were delighted to welcome Laura Gibbon from Youth Employment UK to talk about their Youth-Friendly Employer Award.