Movement to Work Summit and Social Mobility Awards

On Monday 4th February we travelled, along with our long-term partners The Berkeley Group, to St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel to attend the Movement to Work Summit and Social Mobility Awards. Movement to Work is a charity coalition of the UK’s leading employers, civil society and the government, and supports employers to provide work placements that combine employability skills training with on-the-job experience. We joined representatives from over 70 businesses and organisations to partake in an evening of shared thought and celebration of success in the area of youth employment.

The event started with lively round-table discussions involving senior leaders from across the public, private and third sectors, young people who had gone through the Movement to Work programme, and journalists, looking at 4 key areas for improvement in youth employment: making the skills reform accessible for all; supporting all young people into employment; looking deeper into the labour market in a climate of skills shortages; and the importance of tech skills in jobs of the future. From there it moved on to a CEO networking session where the young people who had been nominated for awards were able to speak with subject-specialists and industry leaders. Finally came the awards ceremony, where the achievements of charities, employers, mentors and young people were celebrated and we heard from influential business leaders such as CEO of drinks giant Diageo, Ivan Menezes, and Minister of State for Employment, Alok Sharma.

It was a fantastic evening, where we were able to give our input and learn at the same time, and we look forward to working much more closely with Movement to Work in 2019 having passed an assessment last October to become an official partner. This will allow us to support our young people into a whole range of work experience opportunities outside of our usual network of employers and supporters. Together we will do more and more to tackle youth unemployment.

To find out more about our youth employment work then please speak to Henry Glynn