Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Town Hall Summit On Youth Unemployment


The Local Government Association (LGA) and Reading Borough Council are hosting a joint event on local approaches to tackling youth unemployment and disengagement. This will take place on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, from 4 – 6pm at the Town Hall, Victoria Room.

Following on from the Council’s Building a Better Future for our Young People event on 20th November 2012, the discussion will continue with participants including local young people, local political leaders, decision makers and key business representatives.

Long-term youth unemployment is too high. Over 260,000 young people have been out of work for over 6 months, doubling since 2008, over 100,000 for two years. In Reading the numbers of young people unemployed for more than 6 months have gone up four-fold in that time period, from 70 to over 280 as at the end of 2012.

Tony Jones said "Even in a relatively affluent town like Reading, too many young people are facing an uncertain future. I'm glad that the council is open to hearing from others on what can be done to help young people break through the frustration of unemployment."

The LGA’s Hidden Talents campaign is local government's proposition to Government for reducing long-term youth unemployment. There is a lot to be positive about. Some councils, colleges, employers and national agencies are already developing new models that are already having real impact on young people. We now need to work together to broaden this out to all parts of the country.

Reading is in the vanguard of this work. The Productive Pathways programme is drawing together partners from business, education, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations to tackle these problems. An innovative partnership with mobile technology leader O2 will deliver a ‘one-stop shop’ smart phone app and related social media tools, providing information on job opportunities, work placements, apprenticeships, practical help with CV-writing and interview skills for young people. This will empower them to plot their own productive pathway into education, employment and training.

Please come along on 5 February and join in the discussion.
To book your place at this event please click here

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