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7th Annual National NEET Conference 2013

27th February 2013
Holiday Inn, Birmingham


The route beyond NEET - empowering the next generation of young adults

Despite the encouraging but slow economic growth and the gradual reduction in unemployment, the latest official figures still show 2.49 million people unemployed. Of these 1,027,000 are 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Although compared to the same time last year, this number is reducing slowly, it is imperative that we ensure these young adults are equipped with the right skills, experience and opportunities to progress in or resume their education, sustainable employment, self-employment or vocational training.

NTRL’s 7th Annual National NEET conference will bring together leading figures from across central & local government, education, the third and private sectors.  They will address key policy areas, targeted measures and innovative solutions to assist young people into education, employment or training. 

The conference will be chaired by Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22. Catch22 is a forward-looking social enterprise: they have over two hundred years’ experience of providing services that help young people to turn their lives around in difficult situations.

Amongst others we are delighted to showcase an innovative NEET initiative – the ThinkForward programme, which recently gained the backing of Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister. The programme aims to significantly reduce the chances of becoming NEET in the Shoreditch area of London.

In addition, the conference will focus on:

  • The National Perspective on NEETS - including the latest data on young people’s participation. The characteristics of young people who are not participating and the impact of being NEET from Jeff Cull, NEET Team Leader from Department for Education (DfE).
  • Key Learning from the DfE ‘Raising of the Participation Age (RPA)’ Locally-led Delivery Project areas. Hear from two Local Area Leaders on the preparations for the introduction of the RPA.  The success of these projects will have implications for LAs, Schools, Colleges,Training Providers and other stakeholders in the build up to full participation.
  • Tackling the issue of long-term youth unemployment through the prism of the Work Programme, including the key characteristics of long-term unemployed young people; their main barriers to sustainable employment and the role of cross-government policies in tackling the issue.
  • A newly created innovative Apprenticeship service in Bournemouth and surrounding areas, successfully tackling the NEET challenge

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a series of workshops throughout the day, which will provide practical ideas, techniques and effective strategies aimed at increasing young people's participation and future achievements, including:

  • Supported paid work – a step into the real world
  • What can you do to contribute to securing full participation in your area
  • Simple and practical ideas to increase the route to opportunities for young people aged 16-24
  • Developing Mental Toughness in Young People for the 21st Century

The afternoon of the conference will provide a stimulating mix of good-practice case studies which will showcase new approaches in tackling youth unemployment and ways of reducing NEET’s within the 16-24 age group. 

Who should attend:

All organisations with an active interest in the NEET cohort to include;  Learning Providers, FE Colleges, Schools, Academies, Universities, Work Programme Providers, Chambers of Commerce, Local Authorities, Business Links, IAG Providers, Connexions, Children’s Services, Youth Workers, Careers Advisors, Charities, Voluntary Organisations, Learning Partnerships, Education Business Partnerships, Employers, Youth Offending Teams and Government  Agencies.

Attendance at this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network and share best practice.

Exhibitors Stands

The Conference will also have a number of exhibitor stands. Please visit the exhibitor's page on this website for further information.